Knight-Batten Awards Program Invites Entries of Innovative Journalism Ideas Administered by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovative Journalism are designed to reward innovative multimedia advances, new participatory journalism efforts, and other novel methods that engage audiences in important issues. The awards program is open to all news efforts — both large and small — originating between May 1, 2008, and June 8, 2009.
Entries must consist of journalism content created by a news-producing initiative. Individuals must have been affiliated with such initiatives at the time of publication to enter. Entries may comprise online news experiences, news games, mobile news ideas, citizen media; creative use of cell phones, Webcams, blogging, and podcasting; new social networking ideas, computer kiosks, new applications of software, content management systems, and other advances in interactive or participatory journalism or journalism networking ideas.
The grand prize is $10,000. In addition, up to $5,000 will be awarded in the form of Special Distinction Awards, along with a $1,000 Citizen Media Award. The program requires an entry fee of $40. Winners will be announced at the Knight-Batten Awards Symposium on September 15, 2009, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Click here for more info.