Powering a Nation Awards

Powering a Nation has been recognized nationally and internationally for its in-depth reporting, powerful videos, and innovative design and interactive graphics, in both student and professional competitions.


Powering a Nation 2011

South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Awards

Coal: A Love Story
Champion, Student


Grantham Prize for Environmental Journalism

Powering a Nation
Award of Special Merit


Vimeo Awards

Born Into Coal
Shortlisted, Documentary


Vimeo Staff Pick

Born Into Coal


Horizon Interactive Awards

Coal: A Love Story
Best in Category, School/University Website

Born Into Coal
Gold, Short Film/Entertainment


Society for News Design (SND)

Coal: A Love Story
Silver, Student Work


Pictures of the Year International (POYi)

Born Into Coal
3rd Place, Issue Reporting Multimedia Story


College Photographer of the Year 2011 (CPOY)

Coal: A Love Story
Gold, Large Group Multimedia Project

Born Into Coal
Award of Excellence, Individual Multimedia Story or Essay

Born Into Coal
Gold, Multimedia Project


Framework — LA Times Photography Blog

Coal: A Love Story, Best of the Web


SND "Make an Impression" Design Awards

Powering a Nation
1st Place, Digital Storytelling

Coal & You
1st Place, Standalone Multimedia

Coal: A Love Story (Introduction)
2nd Place, Standalone Multimedia

From Coal Towns to Ghost Towns
3rd Place, Standalone Multimedia

World of Coal
3rd Place, Standalone Multimedia





Powering a Nation 2010

32nd Annual Telly Awards

Spilling Over
Silver, Student Film/Video


World Press Photo 2011

Powering a Nation
2nd Place, Interactive Multimedia Production


Horizon Interactive Awards

Powering a Nation
Gold, School/University Website

Spilling Over
Best in Category, Short Film/Entertainment


College Photographer of the Year 2010 (CPOY)

Powering a Nation
Gold, Large Group Multimedia Project

Spilling Over
Gold, Multimedia Project

Power Play
Silver, Multimedia Project

Splitting Main Street
Award of Excellence, Multimedia Project


Business Insider — The Wire

Most Innovative Alternative News Stories Of 2010


National Press Photographers Association

September 2010 Multimedia contest

Spilling Over
First place, Video





Powering a Nation 2009

Society of Environmental Journalists

2010 Awards for Reporting on the Environment
Powering a Nation: Mining the MountainsDebating Coal's Future
First Place, Outstanding student reporting


NPPA's Best of Photojournalism 2010

Powering a Nation
Overall Best Use of the Web Award

Powering a Nation
1st Place, News or Feature Multimedia Package (INDE)

Mining the Mountains
2nd Place, Documentary Video (INDE)

Roping the Wind
2nd Place, Feature Video (INDE)



67th Pictures of the Year International (POYi)

Powering a Nation
Award of Excellence, Documentary Project of the Year

Mining the Mountains
Award of Excellence, Issue Reporting — Multimedia



College Photographer of the Year 2009 (CPOY)

Powering a Nation
Gold, Large Group Multimedia Project

Roping the Wind
Gold, Individual Multimedia Story or Essay

Battle for the Mountains
Bronze, Multimedia Project


National Press Photographers Association

August 2009 Multimedia Contest

Debating Coal's Future
1st Place, Team Video

Battle for the Mountains
2nd Place, Team Video

Powering a Nation
2nd Place, Multimedia Project


September 2009 Multimedia Contest

Roping the Wind
1st Place, Individual Video

Down the Lines
1st Place, Team Video

Moving to Higher Ground
2nd Place, Team Video

Voices of Roscoe
3rd Place, Team Video


October 2009 Multimedia Contest

Religion Rejuvenates Environmentalism
1st Place, Team Video


Society for News Design Best of Multimedia Quarterly (SND)

The following are quarterly winners in Category 5A — Student News.

Powering a Nation
Roping the Wind
Climate Refugees
Down the Lines
Energy Portraits
The High-Energy Diet
Reclaiming Creation


Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards (SPJ)

The following were finalists in their respective categories among four-year colleges or universities.

UNC News21 staff
Best Independent Online Student Publication, Powering a Nation

Sara Peach, Monica Ulmanu, Chris Carmichael, Jenn Hueting
Online in-depth reporting, Debating Coal's Future

Eileen Mignoni, Ashley Zammitt, Courtney Woo, Monica Ulmanu
Online in-depth reporting, Down the Lines

Courtney Woo, Eileen Mignoni, Monica Ulmanu
Online feature reporting, Reclaiming Creation

Nacho Corbella, Jenn Hueting, Monica Ulmanu
Online in-depth reporting, Roping the Wind


Student Society for News Design (SSND)

Powering a Nation
1st place, Best overall college news Web site

Powering Down
1st place, Best display for multimedia

Powering a Nation
1st place, Best interactive or animated graphic

Debating Coal's Future
1st place, Best one-subject stand-alone mini-site or special section/special package of a larger Web site


The following all won honorable mention as best one-subject stand-alone mini-site or special section/special package of a larger website:

Roping the Wind
Climate Refugees
Down the Lines
Energy Portraits
The High-Energy Diet
Reclaiming Creation
Battle for the Mountains
The Power in Plants