Future of Media

Mystery at Little Elk, Startribune.com

Award-Winning Work, Convergence, Great Convergence Work, Great Enterprise Work, Great Multimedia Work, Great Work Gallery
Most Innovative Use of Digital Media, Features/Enterprise, Circulation more than 250,000, Digital Edge Awards 2001. Judges wrote, "This site, developed for children and their families, cleverly unearths the history of a plot of land on the Mississippi River where American Indians, French fur traders, explorers and lumbermen lived for hundreds of years. Judges saluted the fine teamwork between the print and online groups and praised their ability to weave text, audio, video and animations into a compelling package."

PBS.org: Moyers on Dying

Award-Winning Work, Convergence, Great Convergence Work, Great Enterprise Work, Great Interactive Storytelling, Great Use of Community, Great Work Gallery
"End-of-life" tools and more, based on a PBS program with Bill Moyers. Winner, Service Journalism: Affiliated, Online Journalism Awards 2001. The judges said: This package, based on a Bill Moyers special TV report, did more than just repurpose a TV show. It became the center of a strong community project tied to the show. The judges said they found the guide for doctors on how to understand and handle diversity especially compelling. Said one judge: "They pulled it off like nobody else could."

Tabitha's Story: In Her Own Words

Convergence, Great Convergence Work, Great Enterprise Work, Great Multimedia Work, Great Use of Community, Great Work Gallery
WFLS News Anchor/reporter Tabitha LaRue wrote a compelling first-person package for Fredericksburg.com, the Web site of The Free-lance Star in Fredericksburg, Va., about her battle with ovarian cancer. The initial report, "Tabitha's story: In Her Own Words," was six parts and it has been updated more than a half-dozen times since then. Part of what makes the report unique is that it included photos and video (high- and low-bandwidth versions) from both the good times and bad times in her life. The package not only prominently displays Tabitha's e-mail, but she's responded to many readers and even written follow-ups addressing some of readers' questions. The package won a Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications for "Online Journalism Special Feature Section."

September Net Traffic Numbers

Business Bytes, Convergence, Resources, Special Features
The Nielsen//NetRatings top Current Events & Global News Sites numbers are out for September. The Associated Press, Belo and the Drudge Report dropped off the Top 20, while the Boston Globe, McClatchy Newspapers and the WorldNow network of local television sites joined the list. If you're not familiar with WorldNow check it out -- the company now has partnerships with 143 local television stations. Continue reading...

Clear The Skies, USATODAY.com

Convergence, Great Convergence Work, Great Multimedia Work, Great Work Gallery
An exhaustive package of stories, multimedia and an "interactive documentary" about U.S. aviation on the day of the terrorists attacks, reconstructing how the unprecedented order to clear the skies on Sept. 11 played out. Stunning details and an interesting perspective on a story that's been told many times. Winner, First Associated Press Managing Editors APMEOnline Convergence Awards in the 50,000+ circulation category.

Challenged to Change, IdahoStatesman.com

Convergence, Great Convergence Work, Great Enterprise Work, Great Use of Community, Great Work Gallery
Rural Idaho: Challenged to Change by IdahoStatesman.com is a package of stories, photographs and audio files reporting the many difficulties confronting residents of the state's wide open territories. These reports were part of a year-long look at the problems and options facing Idaho's rural communities. The Idaho Statesman teamed up with the Idaho Edition of the Spokane Spokesman-Review, the Idaho Falls Post Register, the Lewiston Morning Tribune, Idaho Public Television and KTVB Channel 7. More than 1,000 Idahoans were interviewed, polled or participated in a series of town-hall meetings around the state as part of this project, which appeared on the Web, in all four newspapers and on KTVB. Winner, First Associated Press Managing Editors APMEOnline Convergence Awards in the under-50,000...

'Rebuilding a Fortress, Rebuilding a Life'

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WashingtonPost.com videojournalist Travis Fox spent four months with a sheet metal worker who is helping rebuild the Pentagon after his son was killed in the Sept. 11 attack there. The documentary he produced, "Rebuilding a Fortress, Rebuilding a Life," is first-rate, but what makes it so noteworthy is that ABC News aired his piece Aug. 16, 2002, on "Nightline UpClose." This is the first time a nationally broadcast television news program was based entirely on a documentary produced by a news Web site, according to Poynter's Al Tompkins. The video was also presented in five segments on WashingtonPost.com (which includes additional footage not seen on TV), where it can still be viewed.

Flood2001.com, Lee Enterprises

Award-Winning Work, Convergence, Great Breaking News Work, Great Convergence Work, Great Work Gallery
Most Innovative Use of Digital Media, News Event Coverage, Circulation less than 75,000, Digital Edge Awards 2001. Judges wrote, "Four Lee newspaper sites located along the Mississippi River swiftly joined forces to publish a news and community service site when the mighty river flooded earlier this year. Judges applauded the collaboration between the print and online news teams and their ability to create a valuable national resource."