NPR and the University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism & Capital News Service 2019
NPR and the University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism & Capital News Service won the 2019 Innovative Storytelling Award.
The NPF judges said: “The student journalists involved with this project literally built new tools – hardware to collect hard data – that tracked temperatures over time to get a sense of the stultifying impact of summer in the city. The brilliance of their innovation may offer early tea leaves of how innovation will drive the future of newsrooms. The ‘Code Red’ project, done in collaboration with NPR, also gave readers a peek behind the scenes to see how journalism works.”
Lucy Dalglish, dean of the university’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism, said of the award: “This was the first major project from the Howard Center, and that it was our students competing against the top professional news organizations in the country makes this prestigious honor mean even more to Merrill College. The ‘Code Red’ project put the future of journalism on display, with its data visualizations, motion graphics and sensor technology, illustrating how young journalists can use new techniques and methods to serve communities.”
“We’re particularly proud of the way our team and the Howard Center’s journalists worked together to produce something so engaging and important,” said Robert Little, NPR’s senior investigations editor. “Collaborations like this are key to NPR’s strategy to serve its audience, and we’re excited to do more.”