Oct. 9, 2013

High Country News has won yet another award for its independent journalism. Hillary Rosner's feature, “The Color of Bunny,” about snowshoe hares and climate change, won the National Association of Science Writers' 2013 Science in Society Award.

“The Color of Bunny -- Can snowshoe hares outrace climate change?” won the award in the Science Reporting for a Local or Regional Audience category.  Originally published in the Feb. 6, 2012 issue of High Country News, the feature story focuses on University of Montana professor Scott Mills’ research about snowshoe hares and how they may be affected by a warming world. Rosner’s article was funded with reader donations to the High Country News Research Fund.

“It's an honor to win this award, and it's particularly satisfying to win it for this story, which looked at an important aspect of climate change--its intersection with species' biology,” said Rosner. “I'm grateful to HCN for enabling me to bring this story to readers.”

NASW reports that their judges said about the story, “This totally engrossing and engaging report from the field artfully describes efforts to better understand a biological phenomenon critical to animal survival, namely seasonal camouflage.”

As this article exemplifies, High Country News emphasizes well-researched, strong storytelling and compelling science. Its mission is to inform and inspire people to act on behalf of the West's diverse natural and human communities. Find out more and read additional work at hcn.org.

About the NASW Science in Society Award:
NASW’s Science in Society awards recognize investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on society. The awards are intended to encourage critical, probing work that would not receive an award from an interest group. The awards are judged by accomplished peers.

About High Country News:
For more than 40 years, High Country News has been renowned for in-depth, independent journalism that digs a little deeper and reports the stories of the American West that are often overlooked by larger media outlets. HCN’s nonprofit news organization has won numerous awards, including the 2013 and 2010 Utne Media Awards and the George Polk award, for its unique coverage of the West.

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