Pulitzer Center Update

Financial Times UK Austerity Series Wins EPPY Award; Globe and Mail "Borderline" Project a Finalist

Business has been booming at Lyn Adams' whiskey shop in Guildford. The prosperous town 27 miles southwest of London shows that the impact of government welfare cuts is not shared equally across the nation. Image by Charlie Bibby. UK, 2013.

The Financial Times won an Editor & Publisher EPPY award for its Pulitzer Center-supported examination of UK austerity measures in the category of Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature on a website with 1 million unique monthly visitors and over.

The multimedia reporting "Britain: Charting the Impact of Austerity," is a data-led project investigating the impact of sweeping changes to Britain’s benefit system, and how widely it varies among local economies. The Austerity Audit project was produced by Sarah Neville, Emily Cadman, Chris Giles, and Christine Spolar.

Using part of the grant from the Pulitzer Center, the Financial Times commissioned researchers at the Center for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University to measure how much spending power would be lost by residents within each of the 379 local authority areas in England, Scotland and Wales as a result of the welfare reforms.

In addition, the Pulitzer Center-supported project by Louie Palu on the US-Mexico border for The Globe and Mail was a finalist for an EPPY award in the category for best use of photography on a website. For the project, Palu crisscrossed thousands of miles of borderland to tell the story of Mexico’s drug wars, which claimed nearly 50,000 lives in six years, according to government figures.

The EPPY Awards, presented by Editor & Publisher, has been honoring the best media-affiliated websites across 31 categories for the past 18 years.

For the full list of winners, visit this page.