August 6, 2008
A note from the Judges about MAPLight.org: "Every taxpayer should take a hard look at this site. Never before have citizens been able to so easily track the influences on their elected officials."
Interactivity & Empowerment: Eight Innovators Place in 2008 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism
"This year we see how creative minds are using new technologies to connect people with hidden truths and hard-to-find information," said Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab, which administers the awards program. "We are reminded of journalism's potential to reinvent itself as well as its fundamental promise to do good." "The examples we are heralding show the power of a single person, the power of politics, the power of community," said Advisory Board chair Jody Brannon, national director of the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative.
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