This category honors regular reporting by an individual or team on a specific topic or beat. The work should display regular success at breaking news online and ongoing watchdog coverage. In addition to the high quality of journalism, the best entries use social tools to coalesce a participatory, online community around the topic being covered. Additionally, judges will consider the quality of the journalism, design, creative and appropriate uses of media, and the ways in which digital and mobile platforms are maximized to engage and inform audiences. Entries should consist of up to five sample works.
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.