UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism is already hot stuff, one of the best in the nation. But something beautiful happened yesterday.

The J-School got the big cheese: It received the George Polk Award for radio reporting. That may mean nothing to you (mind you, we were about to golf-clap it off), but it’s a big deal, considering that the award normally goes to reporters from serious news corporations, like The New York Times or NBC News. Our babies are still in school, and they still tore it up–the first time for any journalism school.

The award-winning story, titled “Early Signs: Reports from a Warming Planet,” addresses global warming. Is it getting hot in here, or is it just us?

It’s just us. (And the globe.)

The J-School team traveled around the world, to Mt. Kilimanjaro, the Andes, Bangladesh and Canada. The students focused on the political, social and environmental impacts of the signs of global warming.

“This (climate change) is an important, and under-told story — not the issue of global warming itself necessarily, but looking at how people in places around the world are impacted right now, in their everyday lives, by either actual or expected changes, and what they do to respond,” said Alexandra Berzon, now a writer with Red Herring magazine.

Previous winners include O.G.’s such as Walter Cronkite, Thomas Friedman, Seymour Hersh and Ted Koppel.

Reporting On Global Warming Honored [Daily Cal]
Cal J-School Snags Top Award, Makes History [The East Bay Express]
Early Signs: Reports from a Warming Planet [Salon]


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