"Winning a Pulitzer Prize is the gold standard of journalism, and the conception and execution of 'Altered Oceans' lived up to the Los Angeles Times' heritage of excellence," said James O'Shea, editor of The Times. "I congratulate Ken Weiss, Usha Lee McFarling and Rick Loomis for their outstanding work on an issue that is vital to our readers. We are proud of the series and their accomplishment."
Altered Oceans was conceived and executed as a multi-media experience that engaged readers and users through print, still photography, video, graphics and an online message board. The series portrayed how industrial society has polluted the oceans and changed their basic chemistry, threatening sea life and human health in the process. From Moreton Bay, Australia to the California coast to the Midway Atoll in the Pacific, Weiss went out on the water as well as below it to uncover the problems facing the ocean while raising awareness and educating readers on an important and pressing issue. With help from McFarling, who conducted research and wrote the final installment and Loomis, who captured vivid images with his camera, along with a support team of various editorial members, the series was well received and even popular with members of Congress.
This year's winning entry has been posted online at latimes.com and is available by visiting latimes.com/oceans.
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