For all that's been said about the impending doom of the Internet's impact on journalism, today's Knight-Batten awrds luncheon at the Newseum was an example of all the good — no, great — that has come from online innovation.
The awards recognize the best efforts to encourage public participation in the news-gathering process, and this year's winners were the best of the best in crowdsourcing and open government.
As Ellen Miller, co-founder of the Sunlight Foundation, said during the luncheon "Open data encourages increased civic discourse."
The Sunlight Foundation was honored with the $10,000 grand prize for its Sunlight Live project as an "innovative blending of data, streaming video, liveblogging and social networking."
The six other winners were: the ProPublica Reporting Network, Longshot Magazine (previously known as 48 Hour Magazine before CBS News laid claim to the title), which was recognized for demonstrating "the potential of citizen-generated news at high speed," and The Obameter from Politifact, Ushahidi Haiti, the Publish2 News Exchange and The Takeaway for its efforts in sourcing through texting.