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June 14, 2010

Knight to name 2010 News Challenge grantees this week

On June 16, the latest set of Knight News Challenge winners will be announced in a 2:30 pm ET event. This will kick off this year’s invitation-only Future of News and Civic Media conference at MIT in Cambridge, MA, which runs through June 18. Watch live video of the announcement, plus lightning-round presentations online from the fourth annual set of winners…

The two-day gathering, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media, brings together about 200 attendees. This group includes past and present News Challenge winners, media innovators and community leaders. I’m a 2007 News Challenge winner, and so will be attending this gathering and reporting for KDMC from there.

The conference program will be dominated by free-form barcamp-style sessions and technology demos. One plenary will spotlight “crowdbuilding” as a next-level approach to “crowdsourcing.” Another will examine how to design data to help communities pursue their interests.

Follow the proceedings on Twitter via the hasthtag #fncm. Also, MediaShift‘s Mark Glaser will be liveblogging the conference on the IdeaLab blog.

July 07, 2010

Online Journalism Awards: Enter Now!

UPDATE JULY 15: The ONA Award entry deadline has been extended to July 21, 8 pm ET.

The deadline for this year’s Online Journalism Awards is almost here.  The OJAs feature 14 categories, including general excellence, technical innovation, emerging platforms, community collaboration, multimedia features, online video, and three new categories for students. Eight categories offer $33,000 in prize money.

More about this contest, how to apply, and how to help as a screener…

This contest is open to work published from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. Winners will be announced on the final night of ONA10, the ONA Conference & Online Journalism Awards Banquet (Oct. 28-30, Washington DC)

Apply now! Deadline: July 16 July 21, 8 pm ET.

Several changes have been made to this year’s contest, including a new entry system and new awards. Please read the rules and guidelines before applying.

Be an OJA screener. ONA needs people to help screen these award applications. Screening begins July 20 and must be completed by Aug. 10. Screeners who complete this work on time, are eligible to win a free ONA10 registration. Learn more about screening, or apply now.

July 20, 2010

Knight-Batten Award Winners Announced

“Formulaic journalism on autopilot is dead,” said J-Lab director Jan Schaffer in yesterday’s announcement of the winners of this year’s Knight-Batten awards for innovation in journalism…

The $10,000 grand prize went to the Sunlight Foundation’s new Sunlight Live service, which blends data, streaming video, liveblogging, and social networking; and which debuted at February’s bipartisan healthcare summit.

Most of the other award-winning projects prominently featured public collaboration and crowdsourcing.

See the full list of winners and 30 notable entries.

July 23, 2010

Daniel Schorr’s legacy lives on: Journalism prize, call for entries

As news spreads today of the death of Daniel Schorr, the legendary journalist and commentator, his legacy lives on. WBUR and Boston University are accepting entries for the ninth annual Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.

This $5000 award is given to a rising young journalist in public radio. It honors a news story or segment of significance and quality, and celebrates the new generation of journalists in public radio…

This $5000 award is given to a rising young journalist in public radio. It honors a news story or segment of significance and quality, and celebrates the new generation of journalists in public radio.

This competition is open to journalists who were 35 years old or younger as of June 30, 2010. Eligible works focus on any local, national, or international news issue significant to the listening public. Must have been broadcast in the US between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 on any CPB-qualified radio station. No group applications; a single journalist must be principally responsible for each entry. Only one entry per journalist.

Learn more and enter now
Deadline for entries: Sept. 17, 2010

...Also, if you haven’t yet read it, another fascinating part of Schorr’s legacy is his book of selected works, 1972-78: Forgive Us Our Press Passes, covering the period after he was named on President Richard Nixon’s notorious “enemies list.”

And the Christian Science Monitor has republished Schorr’s first article for that outlet—this 1948 report from the Netherlands, covering the launch of Europe’s first attempt at forming a united congress.

October 19, 2010

James Beard food journalism awards: New categories focus on content, not platform

On Oct. 15 a major overhaul was announced for the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards. This contest is the equivalent of the Oscars or Pulitzers for food journalism.

Banished from the 2011 contest are outlet-focused categories like “Newspaper food section with circulation of 300,000 and above.” Now the JBF Awards focus solely on content type. Among the new topics are “food-related feature,” “personal essay,” “humor,” and “environment, food politics, and policy”...

Why this radical shift? In a post to CNN’s Eatocracy blog, Kat Kinzman (who manages that blog and also is on the JBF Awards committee) wrote: “We cracked a window in the Peter Kump Boardroom and noticed it was 2010 outside. This is not a dance on the grave of print publication. ...Rather, this is an acknowledgment that online contributions should no longer be relegated to the kids’ table.”

Food journalists can enter work published in 2010.

Deadline for entries: Jan. 7, 2011

November 09, 2010

Hillman Opens Submissions for Social Justice Journalism Prize

A journalism prize for investigative reporting with a social and economic justice bent is now accepting submissions for its 2011 awards. The annual Hillman Prize, sponsored by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, has categories for online, newspaper and magazine publishing, as well as broadcast TV/radio, photojournalism, film and non-fiction books.  The winner receives $5,000, plus travel to New York for an awards ceremony next May 19.

Among 2010 winners were healthcare policy bloggers Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic and Ezra Klein of The Washington Post,  the Bloomberg News series “The Fight for Transparency,” High Country News’ “The Dark Side of Dairies,” photo series from The Denver Post and a segment from PBS TV series NOW.

The contest judges are a high-powered lot, including a Washington Post/Los Angeles Times editor-at-large, a senior editor from the New Yorker, the editor and publisher of The Nation, a senior producer for CNN and others.
Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2011. No fee is required. Submit or nominate work here.

May 19, 2011

Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism: Applications open

J-Lab is now accepting entries for this year’s Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. This program honors novel news- or info-related projects that use digital media to involve people in public issues, supply entry points that invite their participation, stir their imagination, and meet their information needs in creative ways…

This contest is open to all news efforts originating between May 1, 2010, and June 6, 2011. It’s not just about presenting news stories through digital media. Entries also can include “networked journalism projects, new social networking ideas, innovative citizen media initiatives, news games, creative use of mobile devices, data mining ideas, new online applications, augmented reality experiences, or other advances in interactive and participatory journalism or out-of-the-box thinking. Entries may also employ simple efforts that notably connect in new ways with a community.”

Apply now
Deadline: June 6, 2011

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

June 24, 2011

Data Journalism a focal point for latest Knight News Challenge

The Knight News Challenge used its its fifth and final year of grants June 22 to put down a marker—the contest is betting big money on building tools to help make sense of data for journalists.

The Associated Press Overview project, for instance, scored a $475,000 grant to develop ways to scour large databases in order to visualize data and find stories (here’s more on it from AP and Neiman Lab blog). A Chicago Tribune effort dubbed Panda will get $150,000 to build a set of open-source, web-based tools to make it easier for journalists to use and analyze data.

Commentators on Twitter and in blogs immediately noted this year’s heavy focus on data. Matthew Ingram wrote in GigaOm and the New York Times, for example: “There’s a theme running through most of the winners: namely, data as journalism.” The Poynter Institute’s Steve Myers noted almost a third of this year’s $4.7 million in grants is meant “to help journalists and the public organize and analyze data and documents. In different ways, several of these projects seek to solve the persistent challenges of journalists working on investigative and daily stories: how to make sense of vast amounts of data and find the stories within.”

Knight noted the nod to data in announcing this year’s winners, writing that one set of experiments in the latest round would “[h]elp newsrooms organize and visualize large data sets so that they can find relationships and stories they might not have imagined.”  The contest’s overseer and Knight Director of New Media John Bracken blogged that one emphasis was: “The need to make better sense of the stream. News consumers and journalists alike need help making sense of the streams of data now available to us.”

Among the other winners that focused on data journalism are:

  • DocumentCloud, which had already garnered a 2009 News Challenge award to develop document-based reporting software, got another $320,000 for an annotation tool to help crowdsource large sets of documents.
  • ScraperWiki won $280,000 to create a “data on demand” feature to help journalists request and manage data sets, as an add-on to existing services that help journalists and others create data “scrapers” to collect, store and publish public data. The organization will also host “journalism data camps” in 12 U.S. states.
  • OpenBlock Rural gets $275,000 to work with local governments and community papers in North Carolina to aggregate and publish government data.
  • Ushahidi will see $250,000 to develop SwiftRiver, a platform for evaluating crowdsourced information in an unfolding news environment.
  • Spending Stories gets $250,000 to contextualize news by tying it to the data on which it’s based, using automated analysis and user verification.

The latest grants, which this year included an additional $1 million in funding from Google, are the last in a series of 76 projects funded to a tune of $27 million since the first were issued in 2007 [Full Disclosure: This author, with fellow KDMC blogger and colleague Amy Gahran, was a previous winner].

The closing of this stage of the News Challenge prompted some analysis from Knight (including this graphic representation) and from other industry observers on the program’s impact. Neiman Lab’s Joshua Benton blogged: “The entrepreneurial spirit that the News Challenge tried to bring to journalism is far further along, and more players—nonprofits, tech companies, venture capitalists, lean startups, and even those old warhorses in the traditional media—are more willing to try new strategies, throw out old workflows, and build new products and tools.” Poynter Institute’s Jeff Sonderman wrote how News challenge “pushed new approaches for journalism: Crowdfunding, the hacker-journalist, data as news and citizen journalism.”

Knight has suggested the program will reemerge in a new form and is openly seeking input on the News Challenge’s future direction. Observers on hand for the latest round of winners tweeted news, for instance, that the program might speed up its funding cycle by going quarterly instead of annual, and might also earmark a portion for a venture fund.

Check out a full list of this year’s grantees.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

August 03, 2011

ONA: MJ Bear Fellowship winners announced

This week the Online News Association announced the winners of its MJ Bear Fellowships: three innovative digital journalists under age 30 who represent the best of new media…

This year’s winners are:

  • Lucas Timmons, data journalist and web producer for the Edmonton Journal, who was instrumental in the creation and rollout of their Decision Canada 2011 online national election coverage.
  • Laura Amico, founder and editor of Homicide Watch D.C., which covers every homicide in the nation’s capital. It includes news, obituaries, profiles, court documents and memorials. Amico also was a fellow in [email protected]’s 2011 News Entrepreneur Boot Camp.
  • Lam Thuy Vo, multimedia reporter for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. She developed Dissecting China’s Housing Market, a project that won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers award.


Congratulations to the winners!

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

August 31, 2011

Online Journalism Award finalists announced

Today the Online News Association announced finalists for the 2011 Online Journalism Awards.

This list features many established print/broadcast media brands and their digital offshoots as well as a variety of large and small nonprofits and startups…

Looking over the award categories, may seem surprising to see some fairly well-funded organizations like ProPublica (which is backed by the New York Times) and the Texas Tribune (which has received over $3 million in grant funding) listed as “small” organization finalists. However ONA defines “small” in terms of site traffic—not in terms of funding, or the geographic area/community served.

According to ONA: “Eight awards come with a total of $33,000 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, which also is supporting innovative investigative work with two $2,500 awards.”

Winners will be announced Sept. 24 at the 2011 ONA conference in Boston.

The News for Digital Journalists blog is made possible by a grant to USC Annenberg from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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