The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter has honored Bridge Magazine for its expanded coverage of Michigan’s environment.
The 2018 Environmental Journalism Award was presented Jan. 26 at the group’s executive committee meeting in Lansing. The Sierra Club calls itself the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots environmental organization.
The group recognized Bridge for creating “Michigan Environmental Watch,” a special edition that examines how public policy, industry, and other factors interact with the state’s natural resources.
Sierra Club members noted that Bridge had expanded its coverage at a time when few other Michigan news organizations employ a full-time environment reporter.
Bridge has published more than 120 stories in Michigan Environment Watch since launching the edition in November 2017. That has included in-depth coverage of the Line 5 pipeline saga in the Straits of Mackinac, the state’s response to PFAS and other industrial contamination being found in its waters and how climate change affects Michigan. And in the lead up to last November’s elections, Michigan Environment Watch closely covered statewide candidates’ promises on environment policy.
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