Washington, December 1, 2009: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has been awarded the 2009 Excellence in Online Journalism Award from the National Press Foundation.
Receiving Honorable Mention certificates in the annual contest were ClimateWire; AP Mobile; Washingtonpost.com; and CNN.com.
The Pulitzer Center will receive a $2,500 award and an engraved crystal trophy. The awards will be presented at NPF’s 27th annual awards dinner, Tuesday, February 16, 2010, in Washington.
“The Center is shedding light on issues that are both fascinating and tragically under-covered, such as refugees, homophobia, climate change and children and women in crisis,” the judges said. “The Center’s site is embracing the vastness of the Web and not trying to do all the heavy lifting on these topics by itself. While the Center offers rich photography and powerful images and terrific narrative pieces, the site also links off to a wider range of sources on each topic, acknowledging that the role of the journalist is not just to produce great journalism on a topic, but also to help surface other interesting content about that topic.”
The judges were Jim Brady, Allbritton Communications; Len Apcar, International Herald Tribune; and Mitch Gelman, THX ltd. “We applaud the site's attempts at reaching out to the broader community via user-generated content and attempting to provide tips on how these pieces can be used as part of a school curriculum. Overall, we felt the combination of strong subject matter, terrific multimedia content and an extremely Web-friendly approach made the Pulitzer Center's entry the best of the year,” they added.
The foundation’s annual awards dinner is its largest source of unrestricted revenue and enables the foundation to provide no-cost, all-expenses paid educational programs for journalists. The dinner is held at the Hilton Washington Hotel and is attended by approximately 1,000 people from the national journalism, policy and trade association communities.
For information about the dinner contact Kerry@nationalpress.org.
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