HCN wins awards

  • One of eye-care provider Scott Pike's Guatemalan patients taking the improvised High Country News eye exam.

    Scott Pike

We're thrilled to announce that we've received the prestigious 2010 Utne Independent Press Award for Environmental Coverage. "High Country News covers this vast (Western) landscape like an experienced backcountry guide, pointing out the threats along with the wonders," wrote the Utne judges. "Whether its writers are watchdogging resource-intensive industries like ranching, mining, drilling, and logging or writing about the life and culture of the West, they report deeply and thoughtfully, and their commentaries are carefully aimed rather than shot from the hip."

And our feature story on the on-the-job dangers faced by dairy workers has won the coveted 2010 Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism, from the Sidney Hillman Foundation. The prize recognizes journalists and writers who investigate social injustice and public policy issues. "The Dark Side of Dairies" by Contributing Editor Rebecca Clarren appeared in the Aug. 31, 2009, issue. HCN also won this award in 2008 for Ray Ring's "Death in the Energy Fields," published April 2, 2007.

We warmly thank our donors and subscribers -- your support is what makes our award-winning journalism possible!

Good news for those of you who've tried to print out stories from hcn.org and been frustrated. Now you can click the "Print this" button on any story (in the middle of the toolbar that appears just above the text of the story) and you'll get a nicely formatted version, containing the entire article, that you can print.

On a warm Friday evening a few weeks ago, an HCN editor was strolling the streets of Paonia after work when two Belgians in a red VW van flagged her down. Catherine Gahide-van der Mensbrugghe and Yvon Gahide had been by the office but we'd already gone home for the day, so they went looking for a campsite and asked the first passerby they saw for directions. Yvon, occasionally joined by Catherine, is making a round-the-world trip in his van. He started in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last November, and just recently rolled into Ontario, Canada, where he'll look for a transfer to Europe. You can find his blog here: http://tdmyvon.uniterre.com. (Caveat: It's in French.)

We recently got a note from subscriber Scott Pike of Portland, Ore., who runs Enfoque Ixcan, a nonprofit that provides eye care to people in a remote region of Guatemala. He also occasionally provides eye care in the Line Islands in the Pacific. "When I make these mission trips," writes Scott, "we need to check our patients' abilities to read with their new glasses. Since I always have an HCN or two with me, I use them for vision testing and of course, to spread the word about my favorite newspaper." He sent us several photos of Guatemalan and Kiribati villagers looking at issues of the magazine.

"Most of these people don't read or speak English, but at least they enjoy the pictures," he writes, "and I find the format very convenient for my testing purposes." We always hope that HCN helps people see more clearly -- and it appears that it in this case it does, literally.

In our May 10 "Urban habitat" story, we wrote that "one cop described (Debs Park) as a place ‘where police panic.' "  Our source misread her notes -- the original quote was actually "where police picnic." No word on whether "macaroni salad" was also erroneously transcribed as "Mafiosi shootout." We regret the error.

In our May 10 issue, "Goodbye Rocky; hello, Mrs. Li" stated that two former Rocky Mountain News employees, Joe Rassenfoss and Rob Reuteman, had created a public relations firm. Actually, Rassenfoss created a P.R. and marketing firm with a focus on social media, but Reuteman has become a freelance business journalist and the president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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