Thursday, January 24, 2019

Powell Tribune’s Mark Davis Receives Wyoming EPSCoR Awards Inaugural Best of Science Journalism Award

Dr.Landreville presents best of Science Journalism Award to Davis
Consistent excellence in a body of work on scientific issues, clarity writing quality, accuracy, knowledge of subject matter in stories were the judging criteria for the first Wyoming EPSCoR's best of Science Journalism Award. Presented to Powell Tribune's Mark Davis at the Wyoming Press Association's winter convention.  The award is an effort to recognize excellence in a field that is relevant across a state whose economy is fueled by extraction industry and tourism. These two industries rely on science and science communicators. 

Davis submitted stories on the successful nesting curlews, a mammoth known as ‘Uncle George’ found near Cody, farming sage grouse, and local megafauna such as wild horses, and moose. . Davis' work was selected from fifty submissions representing reporters across the state. His content knowledge and stories were diverse and painted each of the subjects in an approachable and curious manner. "The judging panel was impressed by the wide range of science stories. We got to read stories about everything from Wyoming wildlife to Wyoming's energy industry to health care and brain science. We are excited that so many Wyoming journalists submitted for the award," explains Dr. Kristen Landreville. Landreville, a professor at the University of Wyoming in the department of Communication and Journalism, initiated this award to celebrate the science communication across Wyoming's geography.

Mark began his career at a Chicago Tribune suburban newspaper after studying journalism at the University of Nebraska. He worked for the Omaha World-Herald as a photojournalist and outdoor reporter. He enjoys hunting, fishing, birdwatching, and all outdoor sports.

The best of science journalism award establishes connections between Wyoming EPSCoR and the local news media across the state and the Wyoming Press association. Landreville explained, "There's great science journalism already happening in Wyoming, and we want to recognize it." It provides awardees with a cash prize and registration to the Wyoming Press Association's winter convention. The award is part of Wyoming EPSCoR's Track 1 grant, Mapping the Microbial Landscape of Wyoming.