This category, supported by the Gannett Foundation, honors a single story or a series of stories that uncover major news that advances and serves the public interest based on the reporters’ own investigations. Clear presentation through user interface and interactivity, creative use of the medium and platforms, including mobile, use of social tools and evidence of the impact of the publication will be considered. An entry will consist of a single piece, series or package on the same subject, including an explanation detailing the investigation’s impact. An entry may consist of up to three examples, including articles, blog posts, videos, graphics, podcasts, etc.
Tips for Winning:
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.