The Tiziano Project Takes Home Award at 2011 Online Journalism Banquet

A quick shout-out to The Tiziano Project, an entrant in the Citizen Media competition, for winning the Community Collaboration award at the 2011 Online Journalism Awards Banquet for their work promoting collaborative journalism in Iraq.
 
The project provides community members with the equipment, new media training, and global connections needed to cover and share underreported — and otherwise undocumented — stories of injustice in their lives.

The Tiziano Project beat both CNN and NPR in this category — not too shabby for an organization powered entirely by volunteers!

More than 400 journalists, technology gurus, and media professionals were in attendance, everyone from CNN to student media outlets.

The OJA banquet was launched in 2000, and is the only event honoring excellence in digital journalism. Administered by the Online News Association, in partnership with the University of Miami’s School of Communication, the banquet awards cover independent, community, nonprofit, and mainstream media sites, and provide a total prize purse worth more than $30,000 (courtesy of the Gannett Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation). 

This year, in order to acknowledge the explosion of journalistic innovation on new digital platforms, the awards were open to news produced for any digital device. 
 
By the looks of the winners, perhaps the mainstream media, and the field of journalism, is embracing citizen journalism and digital platforms more than is visible on the surface.

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