Journalism Award 2001

Award Title: Journalism Award

Awardee: Linda Flis

Citation published in: The Outcrop, November 2001, p. 14

The Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists presents its 2001 Journalism Award to Linda Flis in recognition of her achievements in producing educational and historical videos in the field of geology and natural resources exploration.

Linda received a Bachelor degree in Earth Science in 1972 and taught that subject at high schools for seven years while earning a Masters degree in education. She moved to Denver in 1980, was employed as a geologist, and joined RMAG, where she has contributed to the Education and Publication committees. Since 1988 she has been an independent consultant, providing geological data gathering services for over 300 clients and contributing articles for the Rocky Mountain Oil Journal and the RMAG Outcrop. Linda is the principle in “Geolinks Video Programs.”

Linda’s interest in documentaries led her to join the group producing RMAG’s first video production, “Sequence Stratigraphy,” in 1987 and 1988. Feeling that RMAG should play a larger role in educating the public, she proposed and then almost single-handedly produced the video “Lighting the Frontier” for RMAG, which came out in 1995. Then, in 1999, Linda envisioned a series of videos documenting the historic role of the oil and gas industry in the Rockies. Funded initially by the RMAG Foundation and later by other groups, her “Rocky Mountain Anthology” series now has two programs completed — “Raton Basin” and “Cokedale.” These, together with RMAG’s two other videos, are ready to be distributed to cable outlets in the Rocky Mountains.

Linda’s desire to educate the public, her hard work and perseverance, are a credit to her, to those who have supported her, and to her profession. In recognition of these efforts, the RMAG presents Linda Flis the Journalism Award.