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AAAS Science Journalism Awards
2006 Recipient: Online
Larisa Epatko, Leah Clapman, Rich Vary and Katie Kleinman
Online NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
"The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake: 100 Years Later"
Initial posting on 20 March 2006
The judges praised the use of Web technology and the overall excellence of the Online NewsHour's site about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the state of earthquake research. "This very nice package included two interactive graphics, a slide show, and general stories of a length appropriate to the Internet," said Mary Knudson, a freelance editor and writer who also teaches science writing at Johns Hopkins University. Neil Munro of the National Journal called the site "a very promising example of what the Web can become—easy to read and understand, short enough to be attractive." Larisa Epatko, news editor at the Online NewsHour, said the team "wanted to present information about the earthquake, its policy impacts and the regional fault lines in a clear and inviting way."