Innovative Storytelling Award

NPR and the University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism & Capital News Service have 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.”​

The Innovative Storytelling Award recognizes digital journalism of the highest quality that re-invents the way stories are told. Judges take into consideration the originality of the nominated presentation, how re-imagined delivery vehicles enhanced the audience’s understanding of the underlying journalism, and creativity in applying tools or technologies. The award is open to any U.S. journalist or U.S. news organization. A vendor or technology partner may apply if submitted jointly with a news organization. The award and a cash prize of $5,000 will be presented at the NPF Annual Awards Dinner. 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.