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The Xylom Announced as a Silver Winner for News & Journalism, Sustainability, Environment, & Climate for The 3rd Annual Anthem Awards

Atlanta — January 30th, 2024 – The Xylom announced today that it is a Silver Winner in News & Journalism, Sustainability, Environment, & Climate in The 3rd Annual Anthem Awards.

This year’s Anthem Award Winners were selected from a pool of over 2,000 submissions from 44 countries by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Anthem judges are intellectually diverse leaders from across the impact industry with expertise that spans across the Anthem cause areas. IADAS members include: Heather Dowdy, Director of Product Accessibility, Netflix; Alex Amouyel, President & CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation; Noel Kinder, Chief Sustainability Officer, Nike; Shaniqua McClendon, Vice President of Politics, Crooked Media/Vote Save America; Rawle Andrews Jr., Esq., Executive Director, American Psychiatric Association Foundation; Alison Moore, CEO, Comic Relief US; Christina Lang, Vice President of North American Marketing, Mozilla; Michelle Waring, Steward for Sustainability and Everyday Good, Tom’s of Maine; and more.

Founded in 2018 as a humble science storytelling site, The Xylom is now a Gen-Z-led nonprofit newsroom exploring the communities influencing and shaped by science. The word “Xylom” derives from the Greek word ξύλον, the plant part transporting water from roots to stems and leaves. We see ourselves as the conduit between the communities that do science, and the communities that thrive with accurate, in-depth, nuanced science coverage.

“The Anthem Awards were born out of the desire to amplify and celebrate the voices that are creating sustainable change and to inspire others to take action,” said Patricia McLoughlin, Anthem Awards General Manager. “In a year where so much is at stake, it is incredibly important to recognize impact work and celebrate the progress happening globally. Congratulations to all of this year’s Winners.” 

“We thank the Academy for recognizing our impact alongside heavyweights such as the World Wildlife Fund, Climate Central, the National Geographic Society, and the Southern Environmental Law Center,” said Alex Ip, The Xylom Editor-in-Chief. “Science journalism is just one part of Gen-Z’s "all-of-the-above" approach to tackling the biggest sustainability, environment, and climate challenges the world throws at us. We are motivated, organized, and resilient. The stakes are high, but there is no Planet B.”

“Our message is simple: Support local, independent, nonprofit journalism; our democracy depends on it.” — Alex Ip, Editor-in-Chief, The Xylom

By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. A portion of program revenue is allocated to the Anthem Award’s grant program, The Anthem Fund. This year the Anthem Fund partnered with Billion Oyster Project to support their work to restore and conserve New York’s waterways. 


The Xylom is a Gen-Z-led nonprofit newsroom exploring the communities influencing and shaped by science.

Our reporting revolves around three questions:

  1. ​"How can science look more like us?"

  2. "How are scientists shaped by what happens outside of the lab?"

  3. "How do people respond to the changing world through science?"

We do so through an award-winning collection of original personal essays, longform science features, and resources for early-career science professionals. We also send out a twice-monthly newsletter curating the best science stories in the American South and beyond.

About The Anthem Awards:

Launched in 2021 by The Webby Awards, The Anthem Awards honors the purpose & mission-driven work of people, companies and organizations worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, we’re defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities. The Anthem Awards honors work across seven core causes: Diversity; Equity & Inclusion; Education; Art & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment & Climate. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF, and XQ.

About The Webby Awards:

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites; Video; Advertising, Media & PR; Apps, Mobile, and Voice; Social; Podcasts; and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,500 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include Verizon, WP Engine, YouGov, Brandlive, Canva, NAACP, KPMG, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, MediaPost, Podcast Movement, and AIGA.

Find The Anthem Awards Online:



Instagram: @anthemawards 

LinkedIn: The Anthem Awards 



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