Bartelme will receive the honor at NPF’s annual journalism awards dinner on Feb. 15, 2018. Learn more about the dinner and awards here.
NPF judges said: “Tony Bartelme used infrared technology as a unique way to dramatically illustrate the greenhouse gas footprint in the community. ‘Chasing Carbon’ provides infrared evidence that carbon emissions are everywhere, from leaf blowers to smokestacks. This is great journalism supported by a novel technology tool.”
Bartelme borrowed a $90,000 carbon-detecting camera from FLIR, a company that develops and manufactures advanced technology for thermal imaging. The camera helps readers “see” otherwise invisible carbon dioxide.
NPF judges also awarded an honorable mention to Newsday for “Separate & Unequal,” an interactive investigation of property tax burdens.
The Technology in Journalism Award, established in 2015, recognizes individuals or organizations that develop, adapt or creatively apply specific tools or technologies in the gathering and reporting of impactful journalism of the highest quality. Previous winners of this award can be seen here.
The National Press Foundation is an independent nonprofit that is run by and for journalists. NPF’s sole mission is to educate journalists about today’s most pressing issues and critical toolbox training.