Peter Bittner
Peter Bittner

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City of Smoke Wins Online Journalism Award!

I am thrilled to announce that my Master's project at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism won the Online News Association's 2017 The David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award, Small Newsroom.

I traveled to Mongolia in January 2017 to conduct the reporting, while temperatures dipped to below -35 C. I filmed and carried out on-camera interviews, and shot audio, video, and photos using a Tascam recorder, a Canon 7D DSLR, a DJI Phantom 4 drone, and my iPhone 7Plus. I also conducted all 3D Matterport and Ricoh Theta 360 scans. I completed post-production and design in May 2017.

I am very grateful to my advisors, Richard Koci Hernandez, Jeremy Rue and Ed Dobb for all their support! I'm also very thankful for the help of my co-shooter, Dimitri Staszewski, and my collaborators at the Ger Community Mapping Center.

I'm honored that my friend, former classmate and co-finalist, Lucas Waldron, was able to accept the award for me while I was on a drone shoot in Alaska.