COLLEGE PARK (9/11/19) — The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism on Wednesday won a $50,000 grand prize from the Online News Association for its collaborative, investigative project on the effects of extreme temperatures in Baltimore.

“The award recognizes the impressive work that was done by the University of Maryland collaborating with local media partners on a data journalism project,” the ONA news release says.

Merrill College was among those that received a $35,000 grant in 2018 from ONA’s Challenge Fund “to test a model for ‘community data journalism’ in which they worked with residents of low-income housing communities in Baltimore to create and install low-cost temperature and humidity sensors.”

Winners of the initial grant were eligible to apply for the $50,000 grand prize.

The Baltimore Climate and Health Project — published as two multi-part series in May and September — was a partnership among Capital News Service, the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, NPR, Wide Angle Youth Media and WMAR.

Part one, “Bitter Cold: Climate Change, Public Health and Baltimore,” critically examines how climate change and public policy have made the winter months extremely dangerous for city residents who struggle to pay heating bills and suffer from other medical conditions.

Part two, “Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide,” brought together professional reporters and students in Merrill College with experts in the university’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, School of Public Health and School of Public Policy and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore.

The project was supported by the Scripps Howard Foundation and grants from the Park Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Online News Association’s Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education.

Read more on ONA’s website.