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Laura-Julie Perrault,  NF'14  
writes about her year at Harvard 
July 21, 2014

David Skok (left), currently
director of,
was the recipient of the
Canadian Nieman Fellowship.
News From David Skok,  NF'12  May 22, 2013

Dear friends,
When I returned from my year-long sabbatical last fall, my goal was to do one thing: Find a way to report serious journalism that was both sustainable and innovative.

Today, our digital team crossed a massive threshold with a digital journalism investigation that took eleven months to uncover.

Alberta is at the epicenter of Canada's oil economy and while much of the focus in recent years has been on the building of pipelines, we set out to answer a very basic question: Once the pipelines are built, how safe and reliable are they?
It turns out that in tracking 37 years of records, on average, there have been 2 crude oil spills in Alberta every day for the past 37 years.
We answered that question by using data, numerous freedom of information requests, and on the ground reporting. Then we set out to tell the story in a multimedia way that provided an experience for the reader that was truly digital native.
You can read more about how we built the series here:

I'm incredibly proud of the team for taking this project on and for having the patience and imagination to see it through. While we don't have anywhere near the resources of news organizations like the New York Times, this series shows that you can produce quality digital journalism that resonates and do it on a reasonable budget.
I'm often asked if I'm optimistic about the future of journalism. My answer has remained constant: Of course, I am. But for me, it's great to get a reminder like this that there's still lots out there to be optimistic about.
I hope that you'll share the sentiment and I kindly ask for your help in spreading the word on this terrific series.

With warmest regards,


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