In Pittsburgh, the Post-Gazette decided to focus its Net-J project on one subject: drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale, the sedimentary rock that snakes underneath most of the state.
It launched the Pipeline website on Feb. 27, 2011 with five unconventional partners, including a documentary filmmaker and a blog on Rust Belt economies.
The project is unique in that it was the only Net-J pilot site that developed a discrete website with original content, including many investigative stories.
The thematic network had a wider zone of coverage, across Appalachia, than the newspaper itself does.
Learn more about the Shale situation by watching the video below:
March 16, 2012: Pipeline wins 2011 Scripps Howard Award 2011 for Environmental Reporting.
March 31, 2011: J-Lab’s Spotted… series highlighted the work behind Pipeline.
March 28, 2011: Harvard’s Nieman Lab wrote about the Pipeline website in Pittsburgh.