WNYC Wins Online Journalism Award for Crowdsourced Snow Map Using Mobile Commons Platform


We’re thrilled that WNYC Radio picked up a prestigious prize for breaking news at this year’s Online Journalism Awards last night. WNYC collaborated with Mobile Commons to report on the massive snowstorm that hit New York City late last year. When the government was saying the snow cleanup was going fine, WNYC listeners told the station otherwise by texting the snow situation on their block. Hundreds of people told their stories and they were all collected on an interactive map, along with audio voice messages.

The Awards are chosen by the distinguished Online News Association to recognize outstanding digital journalism in the US and Canada.

Thirty-four judges from a diverse range of media organizations and universities selected the winners at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. This elite group, composed of creative minds in the new media industry, included representatives of Storify, NPR, Facebook, CNN International and universities such as the University of North Carolina and the College of Staten Island.

“I want to thank the listeners of WNYC for reporting on the snow situation when no one else could,” said Jim Colgan, former WNYC news producer who created the map using the Mobile Commons platform. Jim now heads up Mobile Commons news and media efforts to help other journalists do the same kind of mobile engagement projects.

“I want to thank the entire WNYC news team for helping to make this happen,” Colgan added.

ONA’s press release

More about the snow map

Interview with Jim Colgan about the map

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