2021-22 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

111 Travel News/Investigative Reporting ( Travel Audio-Podcasts and Guides,Travel Audio-Radio,Travel Magazines,Travel Coverage in General Magazines,Newspapers) Back

  • Place Name: First Place
    Contestant Name: Outside
    Entry Title: How to Save a Ski Town
    Entry Credit: Gloria Liu
    Judge Comment: A housing crisis in a resort town is not unusual, but what makes the article stand out is the relentless reporting that includes potential solutions from other towns as well as a description of the problem and compelling character development of a would-be savior.
  • Place Name: Second Place
    Contestant Name: Outside
    Entry Title: The World's Most Dangerous Mountains
    Entry Credit: Alex Perry
    Judge Comment: That the reporter has been to this remote and dangerous area of the Iraq-Iran border goes well beyond the use of first person. Readers can see the men and women burdened with outrageous weight as they trudge up the mountain and can hear them calling for a boy lost in a storm. The writer provides the history and politics that set up this horrifying route through some of the harshest country imaginable.
  • Place Name: Third Place
    Contestant Name: Paige McClanahan
    Entry Title: Barcelona Takes On Airbnb
    Entry Credit: Paige McClanahan
    Judge Comment: This article looks at a drastic solution to the housing problem — banning all short-term private room rentals. The writer puts the problem in historical, political and cultural context and presents several sides of the story.
  • Place Name: Honorable Mention
    Contestant Name: Outside
    Entry Title: When the Techies Took Over Tahoe
    Entry Credit: Rachel Levin
    Judge Comment: This article is a complete picture of how a “pandemic-induced migration” caused chaos in one resort area. It is written with authority and humor, but it also shows the economics, the housing problems and the cost to the area’s character.