COLLEGE PARK (6/30/20) — The climate change collaboration from the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, NPR and Capital News Service has won a sixth professional prize.

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation has named the project the 2020 winner of its Digital Media Award.

Code Red: Baltimore’s Climate Divide,” the Howard Center’s inaugural project, and NPR’s “Heat and Health in American Cities” explored the disproportionate impact a warming climate has on residents of primarily poor, urban neighborhoods. The findings of the months-long investigation were presented in stories, photos, graphics, videos and interactives.

NPR produced national stories connected to the partnership that aired on “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.”

The NIHCM is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to transforming health care through evidence and collaboration.

The winners in each category of the 26th Annual NIHCM Awards were selected from more than 400 entries. Winners and finalists are evaluated and chosen by independent panels of judges who are leaders in health care, journalism and research. Winners received awards of up to $20,000.

“Now, more than ever, as our country and the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic and a rapidly evolving, worldwide movement to combat racism, we need the valuable insights and new ideas that often come from the work of journalists and researchers,” NIHCM President and CEO Nancy Chockley said in a statement.

The project previously claimed the following major professional awards: a Scripps Howard Award in the Topic of the Year category; the National Press Foundation’s Innovative Storytelling Award; the News Leaders Association’s Punch Sulzberger Award for Innovative Storytelling; the Society of Professional Journalists’ first Sigma Delta Chi award for Collaborative Journalism; and an honorable mention in the 2019 Philip Meyer Journalism Award competition.

Master’s alum Christopher Weaver ’08 is a member of the The Wall Street Journal’s team that won the NIHCM’s Television and Radio Journalism Award for “Predator on the Reservation,” a joint piece with PBS News’ Frontline.

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