Dec. 19, 2012
TODAY, a multi-platform news and information company, has won the 2013 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for investigative multimedia reporting. The winning entry was for
report that uncovered hundreds of forgotten lead factories across the country and the health hazards they left behind. The award was announced today by Columbia Journalism School.
was an extensive multimedia series that was reported by a team of
TODAY reporters and editors working with database, design, digital and visual experts. It included an online interactive that gives users detailed findings about more than 230 factory sites, including historical maps documenting the factories in operation and interactive maps allowing anyone to examine more than 1,000 soil samples gathered by
TODAY in 21 neighborhoods across the country. The first installment in the series ran in
and all the stories can be seen online at
The reporting and editing team was led by reporters
and investigative managing editor,
as well as several dozen database, digital and video journalists.
"We are so proud of the work the
TODAY investigative team did on the Ghost Factories series and it is an honor to be recognized and receive our first DuPont Award for it. This report was a true team effort between the investigative and database teams along with our digital and video journalists who worked on the story for months.
TODAY is committed to powerful visual storytelling and this kind of investigative multimedia reporting is a perfect example of that," said
, editor-in-chief of
TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982,
TODAY's mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the
truly one nation. Through its unique visual storytelling,
TODAY delivers high-quality and engaging content across print, digital, social and video platforms. An innovator of news and information,
TODAY reflects the pulse of the nation and serves as the host of the American conversation – today, tomorrow and for decades to follow.
TODAY, the nation's number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of nearly 1.8 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website launched in 1995, reach a combined 6.6 million readers daily.
TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than 16 million downloads on mobile devices.
TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).