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Pulitzer Center Update September 15, 2020

Pulitzer-Supported Project on Nile Basin Wins African Digital Media Award

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As world water shortages worsen, foreign companies are scooping up fertile land in the Nile River...

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Children bringing in water at Nakalanga Landing Site. Image by Fredrick Mugira and Annika McGinnis. Uganda, undated.
Children bringing in water at Nakalanga Landing Site. Image by Fredrick Mugira and Annika McGinnis. Uganda, undated.

"Sucked Dry" — a Pulitzer Center-supported investigative project by InfoNile in Uganda that shows how foreign land grabs in the Nile River Basin have impacted 11 African countries — has won an African Digital Media Award in the "Best Data Visualization" category.

The multimedia work, produced by Pulitzer grantees Fredrick Mugira and Annika McGinnis, uses photography, video, and interactive maps and data visualizations to illustrate the environmental, economic, and social effects of the land grabs on local communities.

"'Sucked Dry' is outstanding for the expansive area over which it casts an investigative eye, its deft retelling of complex environmental issues and the multimedia formats in which the story is rendered," judges said, praising InfoNile in Uganda for breaking what would have been a clean sweep by South Africa.

Regional winners will automatically advance to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers' World Digital Media Awards. The ceremony has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

For a full list of this year's African Digital Media Awards winners, please click here


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