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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

@ONA09: Startups Publish2, ProPublica, Muckety, Daily Beast And MyBallard Win OJA Awards

Hi Michael Chima --
At the Online Journalism Awards banquet on Saturday, Publish2 had the honor of receiving the first Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism.

Above all, this award belongs to the journalists and news organizations who have used the Publish2 platform to boldly expand the practice of journalism on the Web. You are the real innovators. We at Publish2 salute you, and we thank the Gannett Foundation for creating this award to highlight technical innovation, which is so essential for journalism to survive and thrive in the digital age.
Be sure to read more about other startups that were recognized for their achievements.

We're following up Saturday's big win with three updates to Publish2:

* Visit the expanded Publish2 Journalist Directory to search for your peers and colleagues by name, news organization, or their beat. Kickstart collaboration, find friends, and identify mentors.

* Highlight text on any Web page and open your Publish2 bookmarklet to see another improvement: That text automatically populates the brand new "Quote" field in the bookmarklet, so you can save an excerpt from the page you're linking to along with your comment about it. Saved quotes are available in all javascript widgets from

* Upgrade your Publish2 WordPress plugin to the latest version to take advantage of the latest advances to Link Assist.

Take a look at how journalists have used Publish2 to bring the best of the Web to their readers and follow us on Twitter to find out about new features and announcements first.

Thanks for making Publish2 the Web's largest newsroom,

Ryan Sholin
Director of News Innovation

The Online Journalism Awards have been fairly good at recognizing the work of some smaller or new sites over the years but the results announced at the crowded awards dinner at the San Francisco Hilton this weekend had a different aura. Yes, the New York Times won a couple, including general excellence for a large site, and so did BBC News (breaking news, large site); for its Hero Complex blog, (commentary/blogging, large site); Washington Post Digital (multimedia feature, large site);’s Planet Money (topical reporting, large site) and Slate V (video, large site). But the rest were spread among a fascinating mix that showed good work is being done by startups and established sites with various levels of resources and goals. It wasn’t an accident: this year’s awards included new categories and new ways to recognize sites to expand the reach and the impact. The full list is here. Some examples below:
Publish2, the collaborative tools startup founded by Scott Karp, won the inaugural Gannett (NYSE: GCI) Foundation Award for technical innovation in the service of digital journalism—and a $5,000 check to go with the acrylic trophy.
—Another new award for community collaboration went to Next Door Media for MyBallard, the first of its five hyperlocal sites. Next Door Media is run by journalists Kate and Cory Bergman. and recently announced a partnership with the Seattle Times. (Kate is working with Next Door Media full time while Cory, one of our friends from Lost Remote, is still at
—Hyperlocal Gotham Gazette won for general excellence, micro site, a new size for that category.
Muckety,a site that looks at news through the prism of relationships and connections, was recognized for outstanding use of digital technologies, small site. won the same category, large site, for its “super groundbreaking” interactive graphics.
—High-profile startups Pro Publica and The Daily Beast each won. The nonprofit investigative startup won for general excellence, medium site, recognized both for its own work and for helping other journalists. Just ending its first year, Tina Brown’s Daily Beast won for Christopher Buckley’s commentary and was a finalist for general excellence.
—Spanish site SOITU.ES won last year—its first in operation—for general excellence, non-English small site, and this year in the same category as a large site. The site blends original content and aggregated news/features with community engagement and tech tools. This year’s small site winner was Radio Azattyq, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Kazakh Service, which stood up to the Kazakh government over censorship attempts.
The Chauncey Bailey Project, a two-year-old task force investigating the murder of the Bay Area journalist, led to the indictment of two men and the resignation of the Oakland chief of police. It won the Knight Award for Public Service and investigative journalism, small site.