May 7, 2015

Inside Energy Wins A National Headliner Award

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Inside Energy has been recognized for work completed in 2014 with a National Headliner Award. Reporter Dan Boyce and Data Journalist Jordan Wirfs-Brock won second place in the “Feature and Human Interest Story” category for their story, “Who Owns Oil And Gas?”.

The story came about after weeks of research and data analysis looking into the finances that support the oil and gas industry. As always at Inside Energy, we’re trying to find the place where people and power intersect – so how do we make a story about oil and gas financing compelling?

Dan decided that he would bravely dissect his own, hardly robust, retirement account and analyze how much of that account is invested in oil and gas.  The story revealed that while oil and gas make up about 9 percent of the stock market, investments in Dan’s account amounted to about 6 percent, or $243.

The story also featured one of our first data interactives, a slide show demonstrating how the funds broke down:

The National Headliner awards program was founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City. It is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.