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Entries Invited for Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism


Here’s an award that would be perfect D&Ders involved in new media technologies: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (http://knightfdn.org/) funds the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism to reward the creative use of new technologies to engage people in important public issues and to honor compelling models for the future of news. The program will honor pioneering approaches to journalism that encourage new forms of information sharing; spur non-traditional interactions that have an impact on community; enable new and better two-way conversations between audiences and news providers; and foster new ways of imparting useful information.

Among the prizes to be awarded are a $10,000 Grand Prize; up to $5,000 in Special Distinction Awards, including a Wild Card Award to be given at the judges’ discretion to an early idea that may not be fully developed or a good idea that deserves publicity alongside the top winners; and a $1,000 Citizens Media Award to honor impact and achievement in the emerging field of citizen media and citizen-generated content. Entries from all news producers are eligible. Entries must consist of journalism content created by a news-producing initiative. To enter, individuals must have been affiliated with such an initiative at the time of publication.

Entries must have been published, aired, or launched between May 1, 2006, and June 12, 2007. For a series or ongoing news coverage, half of the individual installments must have been published, aired, or launched during the eligibility period. Citizen media entries originating between January 1, 2004, and June 12, 2007 are eligible to enter for the Citizens Media Award. Entries may include an entire Web site, a single story, a project, or a series of stories, exercises, or news “experiences.” Pioneering efforts are encouraged. Program guidelines are available at J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism Web site (http://www.j-lab.org/). Entries must include a $40 entry fee. The deadline for entries is June 13, 2007.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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