Undark project "Long Division" wins first place at NABJ awards

Invetigative series examined the fraught legacy of race science

Ashley Smart, Long Division project editor and associate director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT. Courtesy photo.

Undark, a non-profit, editorially independent digital magazine published by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT, has received a first place award from the National Association of Black Journalists for its recent investigative series, "Long Division: The Persistence of Race Science."

The reporting project received the award in the feature category, digital publications. The multi-part series examined the fraught legacy of race science.

 "We believe that one of the most important things that journalists do is shine light into the shadowy corners of who we are. And that stands for science journalism as well," says Deborah Blum, director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program. "The Long Division project and its deeply reported investigation of the legacy of race science, published in KSJ's magazine Undark, is one of the most important subjects we've taken on. And we're proud to see it recognized by a storied organization like the National Association of Black Journalists."

The series was also a finalist for the 2023 National Magazine Award.

Undark’s reporting explores the intersection of science and society. It is published with generous funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.