CoCo Finalist for Online Journalism Award

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Center for Independent Media Websites Both Finalists in Online Journalism Awards

DENVER, Colo. and MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –  The Center for Independent Media announced today that two of its projects – Colorado Confidential.com and Minnesota Monitor.com – have been named finalists in the Beat Reporting (small) category of the 2007 Online Journalism Awards.

Seventy finalists were selected from over 700 English-language submissions from news organizations around the world. The Online Journalism Awards are jointly presented by the Online News Association and the USC Annenberg School for Communication.“As both Minnesota Monitor.com and Colorado Confidential.com continue to be recognized for their outstanding journalism at the local and national level, it demonstrates that citizen journalists can produce high-quality reliable news while providing an engaging voice and perspective to their readers,” said David S. Bennahum, President and CEO of the Center for Independent Media, “That’s what we provide: the cutting-edge perspective of a blog, with the credibility of mainstream news source that has a code of ethics, experienced editors, and accountable writers.”

Colorado Confidential.com is a finalist in the beat category for reporting by Cara DeGette (Amendment 41), Kerri Rebresh (electoral reform) and Erin Rosa (lobbying). Minnesota Monitor.com is a finalist for reporting done by Andy Birkey on gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender issues.

Winners of the eighth annual awards will be announced at the OJA banquet in Toronto, Canada on October 19, 2007.

Colorado Confidential and Minnesota Monitor are award-winning independently-produced political news dailies featuring original and investigative reporting.

As a coalition of long-time progressive bloggers, freelance writers, and professional journalists our aim is to enhance and expand the political dialogue in Colorado and Minnesota. By combining the immediacy of blogging with time-honored journalistic inquiry, Colorado Confidential and Minnesota Monitor intend to provide a platform for overlooked stories, policy and campaign analysis, and unique local perspectives on the important issues of the day.

Our contributing writers subscribe to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics and the pursuit of truth-telling, fairness, and accountability.

ColoradoConfidential.com and Minnesota Monitor.com are projects of the Center for Independent Media, a not-for-profit progressive learning center dedicated to fostering ideological diversity in the media, through the advancement of independent media. 

In addition to Colorado and Minnesota, the Center also operates Iowa Independent and Michigan Messenger, which launched on September 10th 2007.

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