First place: Robert Miller and Brendan Cox, The Norwich Bulletin
About this entry: The Norwich Bulletin’s coverage of a 2015 election incorporated use of live blogging, links, video, social media and even mobile notifications, all of which led to incredibly interactive and informed coverage of an important local issue, not to mention showcasing the wide range of digital tools newsrooms have at their disposals.
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Video, links, social media, polls and a ScribbleLive blog helped the Bulletin staff execute its most important obligation – election coverage – with liveliness, currency and aplomb, in advance and in the moment. Well done.
Second place: Nick Dumont, The Shelby Star
About this entry: “When the alleged Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested in Shelby last June, it immediately became the biggest story of the year. To keep track of the flurry of social media posts and our reporting updates, I created a Storify page as a way of keeping all our coverage in one place.
I created sections for background info, tweets, staff reports, live updates… there was so much that I had to create a small table of contents navigation below the header image.
It’s an overwhelming amount of information, but for both the local residents and Americans nationwide who were following the story, I believe the Storify became the most comprehensive source of information on the list.
We were able to reach so many people so quickly with this digital tool. The page topped out just short of 6,000 views.” — Nick Dumont
Read online: Charleston shooting suspect arrested in Shelby, N.C.
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The Shelby Star put Storify to good use to collect diverse, multimedia elements of a news event of intense interest to its readers.
Third place: Staff, The Times-Reporter
About this entry: “The T-R has worked diligently to incorporate readers in our coverage through the use of callouts. We’ve also delved into new digital tools, including producing numerous videos on Tout to further our story-telling. We utilize Pinterest and Storify regularly and work to grow our products by attracting new audiences on various digital avenues.” — Melissa Griffy Seeton, editor, The Times-Reporter
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The Times-Reporter staff displays a solid understanding of how to draw readers into the creation and dissemination of news and information using social media. Emphasizing multimedia elements such as photos and video also boosts reader engagement.