Mongabay’s top 10 achievements in 2014

Moth in Riau, Sumatra. Taken by Rhett Butler in February 2014.

2014 has been a big year for Mongabay. Here’s a list of ten highlights from the past twelve months.

  • 2014 was Mongabay’s 15th birthday. Accordingly, we threw our first-ever fundraising event in October.
  • World-renowned conservationist Jane Goodall joined the board.
  • In November, Mongabay surpassed 200 million lifetime visitors.
  • We launched the Mongabay Reporting Network to build out a network of environmental correspondents around the world. The pilot project focused on unearthing stories buried within Global Forest Watch’s treasure trove of data.
  • Mongabay’s full-time staff in the U.S. doubled to four people.
  • Mongabay awarded ten special reporting initiative prizes amounting to more than $150,000 in support of journalists to investigate key issues.
  • Mongabay founder Rhett A. Butler won the prestigious Parker-Gentry Award from the Field Museum. Normally reserved for scientists, it was the first time the prize was awarded to a journalist.
  • Indonesia’s new president acknowledged Mongabay. During a visit to Sinabung, Jokowi was asked a question by journalist Roby Ayat, who identified himself as a Mongabay-Indonesia correspondent. The president replied: “I’ll answer the question from Rhett Butler’s man first, it must be a question about the environment.”
  • Mongabay-Indonesia, an Indonesian-language environmental news service launched in mid-2012, broke a million annual readers for the first time. It will finish 2014 with 1.3 million visitors, a 128% increase over 2013.
  • In October, Mongabay published its 10,000th news article in English.
  • Beyond these internal achievements, we also had broader impacts, including spurring investigations into corruption, trafficking, and illegal forest clearing in Indonesia; serving as an information source and adviser on a number of mainstream media stories on forests; and participating in the making of a film and a TV series (both are due out in 2015).
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