Posted on July 26th, 2006 No comments
Bakomatic — the social media platform now for sale through Participata LLC — is a finalist in the Knight-Batten Awards for innovation in journalism. This year’s award honors initiatives that “use basic technology to add value to the process of journalism,” according to Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab in College Park, Maryland.
Read the full press relesae here: http://www.j-lab.org/ba06finalistsrelease.shtml
The top winner will be chosen on Sept. 18. Even if we don’t win the top spot, it’s an honor to be a finalist for such a major award. Here’s what they say about us:
Bakersfield Californian’s Social Media Platform – A newly developed participatory media platform, Bakomatic, extends the networking concept of the popular MySpace.com to a local area. The Bakersfield Californian’s seven community sites use Bakomatic to allow people to create profiles, add to a Friends list, and submit stories, photos and events for publication. It helps develop interest groups within geographic communities.
The other finalists sound pretty cool, too. Here are their briefs. Congrats to all!
HealthNewsReview.org – A clearinghouse for health news launched by a University of Minnesota professor to help journalists write accurate medical reports and help consumers find useful health news. A team of 20 professional reviewers audit news articles from 50 of the largest newspapers, broadcast television stations and the Associated Press, assessing strengths and shortcomings based on 10 standardized criteria. At least three reviewers look at each story. Stories are rated with 1 to 5 stars with an explanation of the scoring.
Global Voices Online – A network of global news and conversation from more than 160 countries run by a team of 15 international, multilingual blogger-editors. The web site’s editors select, explain, and translate citizen news and views from outside North America and Western Europe. Automated feeds cull information from blogs, vlogs, photo sites and podcasts from around the world and also deliver news to users. Translators help summarize conversations occurring in several languages, including Chinese, Arabic and Persian. Another 80 contributing bloggers post daily features of what’s important to bloggers in their country. The project is run by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.
Transparent Newsroom – The Spokane Spokesman-Review lifts the veil on the newsgathering and publishing process by webcasting daily news meetings. It also offers editor blogs to explain news of the day, and online chats where readers can criticize news coverage or pose questions. The newspaper’s web site also posts raw documents, such as interview transcripts and, on major stories, even handwritten reporter notes.
IBISEYE.com – An in-depth, risk-estimator web site developed by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune to track Atlantic Ocean tropical storm and hurricane activity. This site can calculate specific buildings that are at risk as well as report actual damages. The database was created from public records of 8 million properties in the state. Users can view 155 years of hurricane activity and damage, track storms, submit their own forecasts of a storm’s path, assess possible damage, and report actual damage. Real-time weather alerts map and track storms as they are developing.
U.S. Congress Votes Database – A WashingtonPost.com searchable database, updated daily, enables users to research every recorded vote in the U.S. House and Senate since January 1991. Users can scan votes in many ways – by legislator, by chamber, by state or by party. Readers also can track the latest vote by any member of Congress. It includes an interactive map for monitoring battleground Congressional races and links to campaign finance information.
TCDailyPlanet.com – A local news web site for the Twin Cities – Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. – that brings together the best work of more than 35 local and ethnic news organizations to cover undercovered communities, trigger new community alliances, and train citizens to participate and contribute to the news. (TCDailyPlanet received start-up funding last year under the Knight-funded New Voices program, which J-Lab also administers.)