Google and IDC Herzliya launch inaugural DIGIT award for online journalism

The NIS 15,000 prize is designed to strengthen Israeli digital media.

Media master class with Channel 10's Guy Lerer at the IDC. (photo credit: Courtesy)
Media master class with Channel 10's Guy Lerer at the IDC.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Google has teamed up with the Sammy Ofer School of Communications at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya to launch an inaugural award for journalists and publications engaged in online journalism.
The DIGIT award, an NIS 15,000 prize, will be awarded during the third annual DIGIT conference, the only press conference dealing exclusively with online media in March 2014 at the IDC. 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 new award is designed for journalists in Israel working in digital media and who are able to incorporate significant journalistic activities and influence while taking full advantage of the professional tools provided by the digital platform. The award is an important and significant step in strengthening the digital press in Israel and we thank Google for their cooperation in this important endeavor,” said Roy Katz, founder and producer of the DIGIT conference and VP of Content at Radio Tel Aviv 102FM.
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 (
Nominations for the award will begin January 1 and last until February 15; after which an award committee will convene to decide on a winner.
“We, at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications, are pleased to continue to be the home of the DIGIT conference. The press continues to undergo rapid and sweeping changes that require our engagement. The School of Communications emphasizes the study and research of the processes occurring in the world of digital media and examines future implications to the numerous areas of our lives,” said Dr. Noam Lemelshtrich Latar, dean of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications.