The jury is in attendance and we are pleased to announce that Verge Science received a Webby Award and a People's Voice Award in the category Science & Education (Channels & Networks) and the winner is. We started less than a year ago with the series Verge Science on YouTube, and we were stunned by how quickly it reached an audience of over 750,000 subscribers.
We are incredibly proud that our series has won a seat at the table with some of the best scientific video journalists. In addition to today's award, we thought we would look at some of our favorite works and consider a few things that make up a good Verge Science video.
88,000 tons of radioactive waste ̵
First, we have the special pleasure of working with some of the best science reporters in the business. The above video was a collaboration with reporter Rachel Becker, who wrote both the video script and a detailed report recording the nerve-racking amount of radioactive waste stranded in a disused power plant near San Diego. Every video we've posted has been updated and updated by our team: our reporters, Rachel Becker, Angela Chen and Loren Grush, and our directors, Alex Parkin and Cory Zapatka.
Small meteorites are everywhere. That's how you find it.
Secondly, wherever possible, we try to break off a small fraction of an experiment that we are exploring and try to do it ourselves. It makes the videos more active and adventurous; There is no better time to report on an experiment and explain it than while doing it. We've built a whole miniseries around this philosophy called Trial & Error. The video above is our first episode. It's about looking for little meteorites on the rooftops of Brooklyn. The experiments never go as planned, but they never get bored.
We met the first domesticated foxes in the world.
Third, it is our rule to follow science as far into the future as it allows. This video about domesticated foxes is an interpretation of a famous science history that began almost 60 years ago in the Soviet Union. We gave our own gonzo-like spin (this is a cage with said foxes), but we also focused on what a famous historical experiment can still offer today. The result is a deep immersion in fox genetics and the future of domestication, and it's one of our most popular videos yet.
Test a new rocket engine (and watch it explode).
At last we are & # 39; Everything about how messy science can be. For example, the aerospace industry often feels like a massive "Trial & Error" series, and we try to get as close as possible to the action, because it's never completely clear what we see (or do not see) a notorious NASA -Starts). Above is a favorite story from us from the early days of Verge Science. It's a hell of a joke to try and get involved if the theme of your story really does not cooperate.
It was a wild ride and we look forward to another year of ambitious and experimental video journalism. Many thanks to all who have seen Verge Science subscribed to and contributed to their current goal of scientific storytelling.