The past few years have been a transitional period for journalism, filled with innovative reporting strategies and interactive presentations that allow readers to get involved in the process of editing and experiencing the news. The Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism, presented by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, honor those new approaches to journalism, and this year they awarded top honors to The New York Times.
The Times took home a $10,000 prize for its “dynamic body of work” in the past year, including unique tools developed by its digital newsroom like its document reader, which allows users to search, bookmark and annotate docs posted online; custom Times, a prototype tool that gives readers the ability to personalize their news reports across all mediums; “Living with Less,” a special feature on the Times Web site that highlight how people are dealing with recession using audio and photos; and “One Word,” a digital tool that asked Times readers on election day, “What One Word Describes Your Current State of Mind?”
(Members of the Times digital newsroom presented at the mediabistro Circus last month, and you can watch their presentation here.)
Read on for more information about other Knight-Batten Award winners