HumAngle’s Collaborative Report With CCIJ Shortlisted For Journalism Award

CCIJ’s Founder and Executive Director, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, says his organisation is "very grateful to have partnered with such a high-quality organisation as HumAngle”.

A joint investigative report by HumAngle and the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ) has been shortlisted for the 2022 Insight Award for Visual Journalism by the Institute for Nonprofit News.

The report, published in April, shows how increasing desert encroachment coupled with water scarcity exacerbates the conflict between Nigeria’s farming and pastoralist communities. It was presented both in written form and through a video documentary. It has also been exhibited in the Metaverse by the CCIJ team.

“Winners and honourable mention selections will be announced during the virtual awards ceremony on Sept. 21, 2022,” the US-based award organisers announced on Thursday.

The visual journalism category honours “a single story or a series of stories that uses photography and/or other visual media to more accurately portray a community that has traditionally been under-represented or misrepresented in news media”.

There are three other finalists in the award’s medium division: Borderless, City Limits, and South Side Weekly.

“We at CCIJ are very grateful to have partnered with such a high-quality organisation as HumAngle,” said CCIJ Executive Director Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, reacting to the announcement.

“Each member of the team demonstrated professionalism throughout the process. We are proud of the work our teams have produced and look forward to continuing and deepening our relationship with HumAngle.”

HumAngle Founder and CEO Ahmad Salkida said the INN recognition would motivate his team to continue to push the boundaries of innovative storytelling.

“We are happy to have worked with CCIJ on this important project. One of our major drivers at HumAngle is the desire to report issues in ways that are creative and refreshing, and this partnership allowed us to do just that.”

CCIJ Creative Director Scott Lewis, who guided HumAngle reporters Kunle Adebajo and Murtala Abdullahi with the visual elements of the report, said he enjoyed working with the team.

“Working with the HumAngle team was a genuine privilege as they fully embraced the responsibility of documenting this challenging story in a photojournalistic manner, which was a relatively new experience for them to do at this level,” Lewis observed. 

“They stayed open to all the possibilities and worked diligently to be as thorough in this as they were in their more familiar disciplines. They created a body of work that makes the impact of this crisis on the land, individuals and a way of life clear to those in Nigeria and around the globe.”

Meanwhile, CCIJ was shortlisted in two other categories: Best Investigative Journalism Award for its Gaming the Lottery series and the Game Changer Award, which celebrates an organisation that “produced an innovative idea or practice that led to success in revenue, audience growth or sustainable financial support of news”.

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