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Deadline for National Geographic Photo Contest on Halloween

NGLogo560x430-cb1343821768You have only three more days to get your best photos into National Geographic Magazine for the pub’s annual photo contest. If you have photos dying to be seen and shared, this contest is a great way to get exposure and a shot at some serious cash.

But the competition is quite tough. According to the magazine, more than 7,000 entries from 150 countries rolled in during the 2013 go-round. The top winner wins a grand prize of $10,000 and a trip to the National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. (That seminar alone sounds like an awesome prize, and what a resume booster.)

Click here for the rules of the contest, and here for more information. Even if you’re not entering the contest, it’s worth following NG‘s photo blog each week for editor’s picks of photos. Now go forth and snap photos!

 

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ONA Adds Categories for Data, Visual Digital Storytelling To Online Journalism Awards

In it’s call for submissions today, the Online News Association added new categories that recognize some of the biggest areas of digital journalism growth since the awards were first launched in 2000.
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Of particular note, the ONA will award new prizes for investigative data journalism and visual digital storytelling. Among other changes, the new Online Journalism Awards categories include:

The University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism — This award, made possible by the estate of Lorraine Dingman, honors work that best features and presents data journalism on digital and mobile platforms. The award will focus on the effectiveness of the data to tell a story, how well the data are presented to users, the journalistic impact and relevance of the data, and the design and functionality of the data presentation. Judges will also take into account the difficulty in acquiring the data. Winners will be asked travel to the University of Florida (expenses paid) to lead full-day workshops.

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Why Does a Mainstream Media Outlet Want a Share of this Non-profit Digital Site’s Pulitzer?

OK, the headline is a maybe over the top, but the sentiment isn’t. Why does a mainstream media TV news organization want a cut of a non-profit digital site’s Pulitzer?

cpi pulitzer announcementThe non-profit digital news site Center for Public Integrity was awarded its first Pulitzer Prize this week for its in-depth, dogged reporting on miners systematically denied medical care for black lung and related conditions. The top prize in journalism is a major feat for any news organization, much less a digital non-profit.

That would be where the happy story ends… except Poynter today is reporting on a project partner who’s less impressed with the award, not because it wasn’t deserved but because they felt like they deserved the credit too. The reporting was shared with the ABC News team, allowing the black lung project to reach a significantly wider audience. Read more

One Week Left to Enter the Sigma Delta Chi Awards

SDX_Awards13If you don’t have any weekend plans — because we’ve already seen all the Super Bowl commercials, right? — you might as well prepare a last minute application for the Sigma Delta Chi awards, presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. The deadline is next Friday, February 7, so there’s more than enough time.

The awards are only open to U.S. media professionals in categories ranging from print and online magazine writing, radio and broadcast journos, and even newsletters. You can see a full list of categories and sub-categories here.

Cost of submission is is $60  for SPJ members and $100 for non-members — but it looks like you can sign up and save some dough as you enter. There’s also a chance to submit after deadline for a higher fee, but if you’re entering for an award in Deadline Reporting, we don’t recommend it. See what I did there?

You can check out last year’s winners here for inspiration and when you finally get your work and cover letter prepped, enter here.

iPhone App, Children’s Coloring Book, Searchable Database Among Components Of California Watch’s Winning Project

The Center for Investigative Reporting and its online reporting initiative California Watch won the Gannett Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism for their “On Shaky Ground” series about earthquake safety at California public schools.

In addition to a three-part reporting series, On Shaky Ground included multiple online components that helped the organization earn the $5,000 prize. The project was published more than a year ago, but it’s such a good one that its worth recapping all the various elements.

The map and database

The investigation included a map and database component that lets users see whether a particular school is near a fault and whether construction there raised red flags.

If you remember the post I wrote about Brian Boyer’s tips for creating a usable app, the three questions he asks are 1) Who are our users? 2) What are their needs? and 3) How can we help them fulfill their needs? This app addresses each of those in a very usable way — readers can create their own stories through the data by seeing information that is particularly useful to them based on where their children go to school, or where they might work.

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