Mother Jones—the independent, progressive investigative news organization—continued to garner national praise and recognition for its reporting on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill this weekend by winning the award for best Online Topical Reporting/Blogging from the Online News Association. In a competition traditionally dominated by daily newspapers, broadcasters, and online—only news sites, Mother Jones was the only magazine that publishes both in print and online to take home an ONA award this year.
For much of the summer, Mother Jones actually had more reporters covering the BP disaster than most dailies or TV news operations around the country: Our human—rights reporter Mac McClelland was on the scene for four months, while Kate Sheppard in Washington, DC, and Josh Harkinson in California kept up the heat on BP, regulatory agencies, and politicians. And MoJo's environmental correspondent Julia Whitty explored the stunning new science that shows the true impact of BP. Their work—well over 300 articles and blog posts—has been lauded and linked to by dozens of outlets from PBS and NPR to Time, BoingBoing, and the Huffington Post. Newsweek called McClelland's coverage "some of the best" in its "Who Can You Trust?" feature; the New York Post called Josh Harkinson's story on the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion "jaw—dropping evidence of BP's knowledge of serious safety issues.
Last month Mother Jones won two awards from the Society for Professional Journalists of Northern California for its BP coverage including Outstanding Emerging Journalist for McClelland. And earlier this year Mother Jones won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence, its second such award in the past three years.
Mother Jones has delighted observers with, as one columnist put it, its "almost rollicking" spirit. The 35—year—old nonprofit's bicoastal team of staff reporters has both reinvigorated the print edition (circulation 215,000) and produced a destination website (with unique visitors averaging 1.2 million each month) filled with original daily reportage. No matter the medium or the story, readers say they value Mother Jones for its integrity and its independent perspective.