This award recognizes digital journalism that performs a public service for a defined and specific geographic community through compelling coverage of a vital community issue or event. Entries will be judged on their use of new media techniques to gather, compile, analyze and/or present information vital to the story. They also will be judged on their use of varied digital and mobile techniques and resources to engage the community by reporting on the issue or event in question. Journalism that makes a difference and motivates people to act to improve the place in which they live will be emphasized. The impact of the coverage on the community will be a major factor in the judging. Entries may be a single package or continuing project and may consist of one main URL and up to five supporting URLs. Evidence of the project’s public service impact should be provided either as one of the supporting URLs or in the entry description.
Keep in mind two important truths:
1. Superior journalism
2. Dedication to maximizing the power of digital platforms.
Additionally, the judges will be asking these questions:
• “What impact did this story have?”
• “How does this entry really take advantage of the web?”
• “Would this piece be any different if it appeared solely in print?”
Lastly, keep in mind that the more you can help judges better understand how your stories best embrace the fundamentals of great journalism — impact, relevance, newsworthiness — and do so by best leveraging the power of digital platforms, the better chance you have of winning an award.