Best Use of Technology in Journalism Award

The Best Use of Technology In Journalism Award recognizes individuals or organizations that use groundbreaking tools and technology to change the news media landscape as we know it. The competition is open to anyone at a U.S.-based news organization, including reporters, editors, front- and back-end developers, social media producers, data scientists, reporters, editors or others involved in producing cutting-edge digital journalism. Judges will take into consideration both the high quality of the journalistic work and the innovative use of technology. A vendor or technology partner (examples: DataMinr, Storyful, etc.) may apply if submitted jointly with a news organization that used their technology. The award will be presented at the NPF Annual Awards Dinner and includes a cash prize of $5,000. The award winner will also present at an educational seminar to share and explain the innovation behind their work at a date determined by NPF and the award winner.

NPF’s Best Use of Technology Award goes to The Washington Post for its multimedia presentation on the tide of refugees washing up on Europe’s shores, titled The Waypoint. The NPF judges said, “This was a well-crafted narrative that serves as testament to true human perseverance. The use of technology allows readers to be part of the deeply emotional journey of seeking asylum. High-tech tools brought the narrative to life.” Washington Post staffers: Kevin Schaul, Zoeann Murphy, Samuel Granados, Kat Downs, Emily Chow, Griff Witte

The judges assigned an honorable mention to The Wall Street Journal, “for creating an original tool that gave readers a side-by-side look at real conversations on Facebook from both sides of the political spectrum.”