Innovative Storytelling Award

The Innovative Storytelling Award recognizes digital journalism of the highest quality that re-invents the way stories are told to present a compelling audience experience. Judges will take into consideration the originality of the nominated presentation, and how re-imagined delivery vehicles enhanced the audience’s understanding of the underlying journalism.  It is open to any U.S. journalist or U.S. news organization. The award and a cash prize of $5,000 will be presented at the NPF Awards Dinner on Feb. 13, 2019. The winner will also present at an educational event to explain and share the innovation behind the work at a date determined by NPF and the award winner.

A team of journalists from The Washington Post will be honored with the National Press Foundation’s 2018 Innovative Storytelling Award for a multimedia project on the 1968 riots. This is the third year in a row that the Post has won the Innovative Storytelling Award. The award-winning journalists are Lauren Tierney, Aaron Steckelberg, Ann Gerhart, Nick Kirkpatrick, Katie Mettler, Marc Fisher and Monica Norton.

NPF judges said: “In its examination of the 1968 riots, The Washington Post let the visuals – videos, photos, documents, maps – take center stage. They created a seamless, well-researched journey for the reader, using technology in service of the story. This is a great model for any local newsroom to bring historical events to life.”

The judges assigned an honorable mention to National Geographic for “a compelling, heart-wrenching story about a young woman’s journey to get a new face.”