Technology in Journalism Award

The Technology in Journalism Award recognizes individuals or organizations that develop, adapt or creatively apply specific tools or technologies in the gathering and reporting of impactful journalism of the highest quality. A vendor or technology partner may apply if submitted jointly with a news organization. Judges will take into consideration the originality of the nominated tool or technology, its criticality to shaping the story, and how it is used within larger journalistic efforts. The competition is open to anyone at a U.S. news organization. The award and a cash prize of $5,000 will be presented at the NPF Awards Dinner on Feb. 15, 2018. The award winner will also present at an educational event to share and explain the innovation behind the work at a date determined by NPF and the award winner.

Tony Bartelme of The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, has won the National Press Foundation’s 2017 Technology in Journalism Award.

NPF judges said: “Tony Bartelme used infrared technology as a unique way to dramatically illustrate the greenhouse gas footprint in the community. ‘Chasing Carbon’ provides infrared evidence that carbon emissions are everywhere, from leaf blowers to smokestacks. This is great journalism supported by a novel technology tool.”

Bartelme borrowed a $90,000 carbon-detecting camera from FLIR, a company that develops and manufactures advanced technology for thermal imaging. The camera helps readers “see” otherwise invisible carbon dioxide.

NPF judges also awarded an honorable mention to Newsday for “Separate & Unequal,” an interactive investigation of property tax burdens.