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Collaboration Was Key to Knight-Risser Prize-Winning 'Sea Change'

Craig Welch, left, and Steve Ringman in Papua New Guinea reporting "Sea Change"

With the Knight-Risser Prize Symposium coming to Stanford on February 25, we present an interview with the prize winners, Steve Ringman and Craig Welch of the Seattle Times, who will be honored for their work on the series "Sea Change: The Pacific's Perilous Turn." The Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism is an annual prize that is co-sponsored by the Center and the John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford.

 Reporter Craig Welch and photojournalist Steve Ringman traveled to four states and two countries and interviewed about 150 people for their project on how the rapid rise in ocean acidification could have a disastrous effect on the sustainability of sea life. But the heart of the “Sea Change” project, the 2015 winner of the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism, was much closer to home – their relationship with each other. Their collaboration, they say, drove the story from the time the idea was being formed to the final editing process.

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