UM’s Knight Center’s Millennium Development Goals Project Named Finalist for Online Journalism Award

September 29, 2010 - Coral Gables, FL - The Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami School of Communication has been named a finalist for the Online News Association’s (ONA) prestigious 2010 Online Journalism Awards for its “My Story, My Goal” project. The finalists were announced Tuesday, Sept. 28, by ONA and its partner, the School of Communication at the University of Miami. The Knight Center is competing against Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for the top prize in the Online Video Journalism, Student category. For the “My Story, My Goal” project, 14 multimedia graduate students teamed with students from seven Knight Center for International Media partner schools in Africa and Asia to tell stories that personalize the 2015 United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The students created My Story, My Goal to shed light and insight on these critical global issues, including poverty, maternal health, environmental sustainability, universal education, gender equality, HIV AIDS, and children's health. The students worked under the guidance of veteran journalists, Tom Kennedy, a Knight Center Professional-in-Residence, and Rich Beckman, a UM professor and the John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Visual Journalism. Graduate students Ami Vitale, Chi Yang, Danny Bull, Deborah Acosta, Jesse Swanson, Lauren Santa Cruz, Lauren Rose Whiddon, Lauren Malkani, Nick Maslow, Nick Harbaugh, Paul Franz, Paula Echevarrîa, Stephanie Wehrunga, and Charles “Stretch” Ledford developed the project. To see “My Story, My Goal” click here. The winners of this year’s Online Journalism Awards will be announced at the 2010 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C. ###