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It is no secret that news and journalism are becoming increasingly digital fields- separating from their physical roots in newspapers and magazines, and diving into the abstract sea of encoded technology.

What many people don’t realize, however, is that much like writing words down on paper, the task of making words appear in an aesthetic, organized, and comprehensible manner in the digital sphere is an art form in and of itself. Additionally, with the world’s rapidly diminishing attention span and threshold for maintained interest, digital journalists have an even greater responsibility to present content in a way that is appealing to the easily-bored reader.

The National Press Foundation recently announced that they have created two new awards to present at their annual dinner to recognize these accomplishments. Innovation in Journalism and Best Use of Technology in Journalism are the two separate awards that will be given to those innovators who have married technology and traditional journalism in a cohesive and inventive way.


Next year the National Press Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary of training journalists around the world,” NPF Board Chairman Heather Dahl said. “These new awards continue our mission for the next 40 years by helping shape successful journalists and news organizations. By injecting innovation and digital technologies into traditional news values, we help journalism thrive.

A committee of NPF judges will decide the winners at the annual awards dinner on February 11, 2016.

See our Famous 5 interview with NPF Board Chairman, Heather Dahl here.