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Google has teamed up with the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya to launch an annual award for journalists and publications engaged in online journalism.
The DIGIT award, an NIS 15,000 prize, will be awarded during the fourth annual DIGIT conference, the only press conference dealing exclusively with online media in March 2015 at the IDC by Noam Lemelshtrich Latar, dean of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications and Roy Katz, founder and producer of the DIGIT conference.
The conference will focus on the major issues that concern the digital media in Israel and abroad and will include media master classes by senior industry executives such as journalists, editors, designers and programmers, panel discussions and lectures.
“The DIGIT conference series links between quality journalist practice, technology, design, and innovation. We are pleased that each year more and more participants take an active part at the conference, which has become a mandatory event for anyone who believes that digital media is the key to the survival and success of the journalist profession," Katz said ahead of the award launch.
Journalists and media organizations who consider themselves candidates for the award are requested to complete and submit nomination forms through the website of the conference (www.digit-idc.com).
Nominations for the prize have opened and will last until February 8, 2015, after which an award committee will convene to decide on a winner.
Last year’s DIGIT prize was awarded to Hamakom Hachi Ham Bagehinom (“The Hottest Place in Hell”) website and its founders, Irit Dolev and Einat Fishbein.
“Hamakom Hachi Ham Bagehinom emblemizes the transition of experienced and excellent journalists to the digital platform,” last year’s award committee wrote of the winner.
“The website provides a door to an alternate challenging and interesting discussion while taking advantage of the digital with an emphasis on distribution on social networks. We hope that our choice will help the brave step represented by ‘The Hottest Place in Hell’ to gain momentum and elevate the online journalistic product in Israel,” it noted.