Monday, September 25, 2006

Congratulations To Award Winning Daily Planet

Inside Minnesota Politics is proud to play a small part in the Daily Planet's award winning coverage as one of it's media partners.

*Twin Cities Daily Planet Wins “Wild Card” Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism*

MINNEAPOLIS— The Twin Cities Daily Planet has won the Wild Card Award at the 2006 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism.

The annual awards, administered by The Institute for Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, honor news organizations that are pioneering new ways to connect people with news. Winners were formally announced September 18 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“We are delighted and honored to receive such a prestigious award,” said Daily Planet managing editor Craig Cox. “It’s a wonderful way to recognize the hard work of our media partners, our volunteer editors, and our citizen-journalists. And it’s a credit to the vision of those who created the Daily Planet barely a year ago.”

Global Voices Online, a web site about how news affects daily life and conversations in more than 130 countries, won this year's $10,000 Grand Prize. TC Daily Planet and five other organizations - Transparent Newsroom (Spokane, Washington), (University of Minnesota), (Sarasota, Florida), U.S. Congress Votes Database (Washington, D.C.), and the Bakersfield Californian’s Social Media Platform (Bakersfield, California)— all garnered $1,000 awards.

These organizations, said Jan Schaffer of the Institute for Interactive Journalism, go beyond packaging the news to offering a real service to readers. “The hallmark of this year’s entries was the use of basic technology to add value to the process of journalism and not just the packaging,” Schaffer said. “News organizations are getting beyond the veneer of pretty production and are letting citizens into the inner working of news, helping them navigate through it, participate in it and react to it.”

The press release from J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism, is available here.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet, a project of the nonprofit Twin Cities Media Alliance, is a community newswire and syndication service showcasing the best work of the neighborhood and community press, as well as work by Twin Cities independent journalists and the voices of engaged citizens.


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