“The Last Generation” Honored with Scripps Howard Award and Overseas Press Club Award Citation


March 20, 2019
Anne Husted Manager, Public Relations & Communications, FRONTLINE

The Last Generation, an interactive documentary from FRONTLINE and the GroundTruth Project, has been honored with both the Scripps Howard Award for multimedia journalism and the citation for the Overseas Press Club’s Kim Wall Award. The project offers a close look at climate change in the Marshall Islands, a low-lying island nation.

Produced by Michelle Mizner and Katie Worth, The Last Generation is told through the eyes of three children living in the Marshall Islands: 12-year-old Wilmer, 14-year-old Julia and 9-year-old Izerman. The three Marshallese children share their hopes and fears for the future as they grapple with the possibility of seeing their homeland disappear due to rising sea levels.

The project’s Scripps Howard Award win was announced earlier this month. Judges recognized The Last Generation for employing “a smartly presented mix of documentary video, explainer text and illustrated graphics to present the science.” The judges added, “The Last Generation gives a space for these kids to articulate what climate change means for their futures. And as viewers navigate through the story, they might also glimpse their own potential fate.”

The Last Generation also won the citation for the OPC’s Kim Wall Award for “best story or series of stories on international affairs using creative and dynamic digital storytelling techniques.”

“Both of these recognitions are tremendous honors,” said Mizner, one of the producers. “And, it is particularly humbling that one is named after Kim Wall. We learned that Kim’s remarkable life was cut short just as we were in the middle of making The Last Generation, and the news shook us deeply. Though we’d never had an opportunity to meet Kim, as female journalists who’d recently returned from reporting in the Marshall Islands just like she once had, it was easy to feel a connection to her — as well as absolute sadness, and anger, at her loss. It is very meaningful for this project to receive this recognition in her name.”

“Three extraordinary children in the Marshall Islands generously told us about their fears and hopes for their lives, and it is so gratifying to see their stories recognized and uplifted,” Worth, the project’s other producer, said. “Children in the Marshall Islands — like their peers around the world — are facing an uncertain and perilous future as the air, oceans and land around them rapidly evolve. But telling stories about climate change is challenging, and it means a lot to us that OPC and Scripps Howard have chosen to honor and elevate this one with the Kim Wall Award citation and multimedia journalism award.”

The 66th Annual Scripps Howard Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The OPC Awards and citations will be presented on Thursday, April 18 in New York City.

The Last Generation was previously honored with an Online Journalism Award in September 2018, and was cited in FRONTLINE’s duPont-Columbia Gold Baton win in December 2018. You can explore the award-winning interactive documentary here.

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