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Batten Award Names Innovation Finalists

This from a Batten Award press release:

10 Innovators Place in 2007 Knight-Batten Awards

You can view the finalists as well as more than three dozen other notable entries at The top winner will be announced Sept. 17 at a free symposium and luncheon, “Creativity Unleashed,” at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This year’s finalists are: Crisis Guides – In-depth, interactive news and information guides to the world’s most pressing crisis zones that seek to operate according to the tenets of objective journalism within a think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations. They help make sense of complex issues beyond U.S. borders.

Second Life Virtual News Bureau – Reuters’ virtual news bureau in the online 3D world known as Second Life is engaging more than 7 million users in financial news, participatory interviews with top newsmakers and virtual news delivery devices, all anchored within the professionalism of Reuters’ real world practice of journalism. – A data-rich, group blog that is breaking investigative stories, collecting voter-generated content, and charting the metrics of a net-centric presidential campaign – from tracking video views of candidates on YouTube, numbers of their “friends” on MySpace and Facebook, voter demands for appearances on Eventful, blog mentions on Technorati and voter-generated photos on Flickr.

MyTeam Varsity High School Sports – The’s highly participative high school sports zone shows the newspaper’s commitment to serving its community by offering every school a customized sports page and every parent a way to track an athlete. User-generated content supplies scores, schedules, announcements, photos and ways to compare high school statistics in Central Florida.

onBeing – The’s engrossing video-portrait series captures intimate, unexpected stories that citizen narrators share with an invisible journalist who distills the epiphanies of commonalities among her diverse subjects. Each video can be viewed, downloaded, e-mailed, sent by cell phone or discussed.

The Forum – An all-volunteer online newspaper for Deerfield, N.H., that in two years has become the major source of news for three rural communities. In a readership area of 7,000 homes, it has more than 200 bylined contributors and averages 37 original articles per week, excluding obituaries, classifieds, letters to the editor and events listings.

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