Journalism Projects

A sample of recent journalism projects from our partners includes:


  • How a 'Carbon Cage' Blocks Climate Mitigation

    How a 'Carbon Cage' Blocks Climate Mitigation

    Associate Professor Kate Ervine with a short doc for Scientific American exploring how climate action is stopped by carbon dependence. Co-produced by Duy Linh Tu with support from the Hidden Costs Academic-Journalism Collaboration Grant. Collaborators: Kate Ervine, Duy Linh Tu

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  • coal + ice

    Coal + Ice Podcast

    Global conversations on how climate change is playing out around the world and what's being done to bend the curve. With host Mary Kay Magistad, a former NPR and PRI China correspondent, now associate director for U.S. Programs at the Center on U.S.-China Relations. Collaborator: Mary Kay Magistad

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  • plastics

    The house that plastic built

    Our world is flooded with cheap subsidized plastic. How did we get here? Part II of an investigation with NBC News. This story received an Honourable Mention for the 2022 Digital Publishing Award: Best Science & Technology Storytelling. Collaborators: NBC News, Peter Klein and Jane Lister (UBC)

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  • Textile workers in Myanmar. Photo credit: Shwe Paw Mya/NurPhoto/Toronto Star

    Inside the factories that make your clothes

    The COVID-19 pandemic triggered unprecedented levels of poverty, indebtedness and exploitative conditions in the garment industry, according to the findings of a joint Toronto Star/Global Reporting Centre investigation in collaboration with researchers from the University of Sheffield.

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  • On China's New Silk Road

    Join the Global Reporting Centre for a new podcast that explores how China’s calculated bet on its new global trading infrastructure—its Silk Road for the modern era—may take it to the top. Reported from five continents, this series uncovers the effects of the most sweeping global infrastructure initiative in history.

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  • America's Medical Supply Crisis

    The coronavirus has exposed deadly weaknesses in global medical supply chains. Why was the U.S. left scrambling for PPE and other critical medical supplies — and why do problems persist now, months into the crisis?

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  • The fish you don’t know you eat

    Twenty-five percent of fish caught in the ocean don’t land on our plates. They’re churned into fishmeal, which is used to feed farmed fish. But what are the true costs of this process? This project is a partnership between NBC News and the Global Reporting Program.

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  • The Anthropocene Project

    We have reached an unprecedented moment in planetary history. Humans now affect the Earth and its processes more than all other natural forces combined.

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  • Seafood from Slaves

    An AP investigation helps free slaves in the 21st century Over the course of 18 months, Associated Press journalists located men held in cages, tracked ships and stalked refrigerated trucks to expose the abusive practices of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. The reporters’ dogged effort led to the release of more than 2,000 slaves and traced the seafood they caught to supermarkets and pet food providers across the U.S. For this investigation, AP has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The articles are presented here in their entirety.

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  • Global Environmental Justice Documentaries Collection

    The Global Environmental Justice Documentaries project is an interdisciplinary collection of stories about the combined environmental and social impacts of globalization, industrial development, colonization and climate change. The collection, available to colleges and universities online, was launched in April 2019 with a focus on under-reported stories from Asia and North America. Seven of the documentaries explore the hidden cost of supply chains.

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  • Fighting the Giant

    Samsung workers in South Korea fighting for acknowledgement their illnesses and cancers were caused by the chemicals they worked with. After a decade of fighting Samsung - including 3 years protesting on the sidewalk - the company agreed to a compensation plan and a promise to improve the workplace environment.

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