Knight-Batten Awards: And the winner is…..

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.


With the award!

We were represented at the ceremony by the “GV-3″ – (from left to right) Rebecca MacKinnon, Georgia Popplewell and Alice Backer.

For further information:


  • […] UPDATE – we won!! […]

  • […] Global Voices won the Knigh-Batten award for 2006.  […]

  • […] In case you do follow Global Voices, we were one of the six finalists for the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism for 2006. Even as Georgia was live-blogging the event today, sitting with Rebecca MacKinnon and Alice Backer – we just heard that we won! : ) Yay Global Voices! From a post on the blog In the case of Global Voices I think it’s fair to say that the project is the community. […]

  • […] As Rebecca MacKinnon reports, Global Voices today won the Knight-Batten Award for innovation in journalism. It’s quite an accomplishment, for which literally hundreds of people can take credit. GV has been a runaway success since RMacK and Ethan Zuckerman kicked it off not so very long ago. I’m so happy for everyone whose hard work has made this recognition possible. Thanks are also owed to those loyal, trusting souls who have supported GV and the Berkman Center through funding and high-level guidance for this project, including Chris Ahearn and Dean Wright at Reuters, John Bracken at the MacArthur Foundation, Hivos, and others. The best still lies ahead for the GV community, and the GV experiment, I have no doubt. […]

  • And the winner is…GV…

    I doubt if anything more innovative than that is happening! Global voices is now a fantastic snapshot of ideas all around the world gathered from individual voices….

  • […] She also continues that “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.“ […]

  • […] Global Voices postió una noticia a propósito de eso, y una de las frases destacables es “el proyecto es la comunidad”. […]

  • Ditto: congrats! Here’s the permalink to my post:

    – Jonathan

  • Fred, my sincerest and warmest congratulations on your success with *Global Voices*. I am sure that it will help foster greater mutual understanding among its net citizens. Charles Forceville

  • […] My Odeo inbox today is jammed with about 50 repetitions of the FutureTense podcast — on Minnesota Public Radio and its links with GVO through American Public Radio, see here — on Global Voices Online’s being awarded the top prize in the 2006 Knight-Batten Awards for “innovation in online journalism.” […]

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