The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism have announced the winners of the 2012 Alfred I. duPont Awards, and The New York Times is one of two organizations to receive the first ever duPont Award honoring digital reporting. The duPont’s are widely considered to be the broadcasting equivalent of the Pulitzers, so it’s quite an accomplishment.
The Times won based on a combination of two digital stories — a multimedia report about soldiers in Afghanistan, and a tale of two Haitian children dealing with treatment for severe wounds and their subsequent recovery. The other digital reporting award went to MediaStorm.
“This truly dynamic group of news organizations and journalists represent the best in broadcast and digital news reporting,” said Bill Wheatley, duPont jury chair and former Executive Vice President of NBC News. “Journalists are using technology in new ways to effectively tell these important stories covering the news, issues and events that are critical to our society.”
The first ever digital reporting duPont Award was given to MediaStorm in 2010. This is the first time that two digital reporting awards were given out in the same year. It is also the Times’ first win.