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Inside Climate News, a small online non-profit devoted to covering the changing climate, has won one of the most prestigious prizes in journalism. Three Inside Climate reporters received the National Reporting Pulitzer Prize for coverage of pipeline regulation and the hazards of tar sands oil.

The prize is awarded each year “for a distinguished example of reporting on national affairs, using any available journalistic tool”. The 2013 prize was “awarded to Lisa Song, Elizabeth McGowan and David Hasemyer of InsideClimate News, Brooklyn, N.Y., for their rigorous reports on flawed regulation of the nation’s oil pipelines, focusing on potential ecological dangers posed by diluted bitumen (or “dilbit”), a controversial form of oil.”

Inside Climate News is exciting and infuriating to read. It is well-written, knowledgeable and passionate. Alison Redford must have cringed at its punchy coverage of her trip to Washington to plead for the Keystone pipeline, coupled with their slideshow of the Exxon spill of “Canadian tar sands oil” in Mayflower, Arkansas. For an interview with one of the authors, click here.

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