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Batten Awards and Symposium at UNC April 22

The Pew Center for Civic Journalism will sponsor the 2002 James K. Batten Awards and Symposium for Excellence in Civic Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication April 22. Paul Parsons, David Loomis and Janna Anderson of Elon University will be among those in attendance at the event.

The symposium will showcase the impact of 10 years of civic journalism experiments in newsrooms around the country, and it will look at the future of interactive journalism. Featured presenters include: Hodding Carter III (pictured at right), Walker Lundy, Rebecca Rimel, Jennie Buckner, Frank Denton, Dennis Hartig, Steve Smith, Dan Suwyn, Gary Walker, Chris Satullo, Jack Nelson, Ferrel Guillory, Jay Rosen, Esther Thorson, Lewis Friedland, Philip Meyer, Gil Thelen, Stan Strick, Jon Greenberg, Martha Steffens, Ed Fouhy and Buzz Merritt.

The Savannah Morning News won the $10,000 2002 Batten Award for Excellence in Civic Journalism for a robust, community-driven project that targeted failing schools and triggered the creation of a civic group to raise venture capital for education innovations.

The runner-up was The Cincinnati Enquirer, awarded $5,000 for wide-ranging initiatives that involved more than 2,000 people in community conversations about race relations since last April's riots.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Wisconsin State Journal were honored with $5,000 prizes for creative and enduring work that, over the past decade, built momentum in their communities and created fresh models of journalism that other newsrooms have replicated.

For the first time this year, the Batten Advisory Board awarded three Innovator Awards for Web efforts that foreshadow the future of interactive news - GothamGazette.com's election project, 360degrees.org's criminal justice reports, and the Everett (Wash.) Herald's clickable map on riverfront development.

In addition to sharing the $25,000 in prize money, winners will be honored at the symposium.

The event is free. The full agenda and registration information can be found at: http://www.pewcenter.org/batten/2002awards.html.



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