At a time when news organizations are facing unprecedented challenges and demands for change, the CJF Innovation Award recognizes innovations that have a demonstrated impact in advancing the quality of journalism.

Innovation can come in a wide range of fields, including (but not restricted to):

  • new formats for audiences;
  • different operating procedures within a newsroom;
  • new storytelling techniques;
  • a new product produced by the newsroom;
  • the design and/or introduction of new technology;
  • distinctive reporting strategies and techniques;
  • new ways of engagement with audiences;
  • involvement of the community in the news process; and
  • partnerships or team approaches to reporting and producing stories.

It is up to individual applicants to identify and explain the innovation being nominated.

While it could have taken more than a year from concept to implementation, the impact of the innovation must have occurred in 2016.

Adjudication will consider all these criteria with judges having a particular interest in innovations that help the news organization promote accuracy, social responsibility and accountability.  The winning news organization will receive a cash prize of $10,000, with thanks to the generous support of new award sponsor Chevrolet.

If you have questions, please contact Natalie Turvey, CJF executive director, at

Please note the maximum number of words permitted per response. Include any relevant links to online content in the answer boxes provided.
All submissions must include a high-quality version of your company’s logo as an eps file.

Deadline: February 24, 2017, 11:59 pm EST.