It was appropriate that, for an award given for innovations in journalism, overseen by J-Lab (the Institute of Interactive Journalism at the University of Maryland), the news came from my colleague Georgia Popplewell at the ceremony in Washington DC via instant message to London and from there out to the Global Voices community across the world via e-mail.
Global Voices Online is the winner of the Grand Prize at the 2006 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. These awards:
spotlight news and information that is more than multimedia journalism. They reward novel efforts to involve citizens actively in public issues, to invite their participation and create entry points that stir their imagination and engagement. Honored are pioneering approaches to journalism that spur non-traditional interactions and that have an impact on a community.
In the case of Global Voices I think it's fair to say that the project is the community.
The judges said Global Voices is “an extraordinary site that allows for both editorial gatekeeping and wide access to news and information from underreported parts of the world“, and they also credited the writers with helping to elevate standards in the blogosphere.
This is a huge tribute to every single person involved in the Global Voices project.
For further information:
- Georgia liveblogged from the ceremony for as long as the internet connection held out.
- Extensive details of the award, our application and selection as a finalist are in this earlier post announcing our gaining a place in the final selection.
- There is a press release from the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society.
- And here is the press release from J-Lab announcing the award.