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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.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

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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Winners of the 2012 Knight News Challenge on Networks Announced

Six innovative media ventures, ranging from a dashboard that tracks stories through social networks and across competitor sites to a mobile video aggregator of of breaking news events, have been awarded $1.37 million as winners of the Knight News Challenge: Networks.

The winners were announced Monday at the the MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference in Cambridge, Mass.

This marks the first year that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation split its annual Knight News Challenge, which launched in 2006, into three parts. The move is a nod to the fast pace of innovation, the organization has previously stated.

The first round focused on networks, while the second deals with data. (It is accepting applications until June 21 at noon.) The third challenge’s theme has yet to be announced.

The six projects “build on existing networks, such as Ustream or Twitter, to create new ways for informing and engaging communities,” according to a press release.

Here is a list of the winners, the amount awarded and a brief description of the project, as provided in the press release. Two of the winners, Signalnoi.se and Watchup, are receiving funding through the Knight Enterprise Fund and did not reveal how much was awarded. Read more

Online Journalism Awards Entry Deadline A Week Away

It’s that time of year again! Seven days remain to enter for the Online News Association’s 2012 OJAs, the “premiere awards” for online journalism. The deadline for entry is June 21.

This year, there are changes to the awards categories, expectations, partnerships and metrics in order to keep up with a rapidly-changing industry. Via ONA:

“Since its inception in 2000, the OJAs have recognized major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in multimedia storytelling,” said Joshua Hatch, OJA chair. “Over that time, we’ve witnessed incredible innovation in the tools and techniques journalists have used to tell their stories. Not only are journalists publishing content on the web, but they’re making interactive applications, mobile apps, tools and more. We need to make sure the awards reflect that innovation.”

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28 GB Of Raw Data Went Into California Watch’s Award-Winning “Decoding Prime” Series

Of all the winners announced this week for the 63rd annual George Polk Award, California Watch’s “Decoding Prime” series is the one that catches my eye.

California Watch, a project of the Center for Investigative Reporting, is only in its third year of existence after launching in 2009. The organization is joined by long-established names on the winners list like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, ABC 20/20, Bloomberg and The Associated Press.

So how does one brand new organization compete with years of legacy? To start, try  51 million patient records — about 28 gigabytes of raw data. That’s how much information was analyzed for the yearlong series of investigative stories that revealed a pattern at a California-based hospital chain of billing Medicare for numerous rare medical conditions for high-paying bonuses. Read more

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