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ProPublica Wins Innovation Award

For the second year in a row, ProPublica has received a Special Distinction Award from the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. ProPublica's Distributed Reporting Project was honored for "systematizing the process of crowdsourcing, conducting experiments, polishing their process and tasking citizens with serious assignments." The judges called it "a major step forward with how we understand crowdsourcing."

Additionally, ProPublica’s News Apps were recognized by the Awards as Notable Entries. The judges said apps like our Recovery Tracker, Unemployment Insurance Tracker and Leadership PAC database continue "to pave the way in inventive collaborative work, developing a number of news applications to make data accessible to many."

The winner of the top prize this year was the Sunlight Foundation's "Sunlight Live," which blends data, video, blogging and social networking tools to cover live news events. A complete list of the honorees is available at the Knight-Batten J-Lab website.

Last year, ProPublica's ChangeTracker received a Special Distinction Award.

Congratulations to all of those recognized for their innovations!

Mike Webb

Mike Webb was the vice president/communications of ProPublica. He is a veteran communications specialist with experience in public relations, marketing, sales and campaign work at media companies, think tanks, political organizations and in the entertainment business.

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