I’m flattered to be one of the judges for this year’s New Statesman New Media Awards which focus on the use of new media in nonprofits, government, engagement with MPs etc. Anyone interested needs to nominate projects that they admire here by May 31. You can see last year’s winners, and entries so far this year. You can also nominate your own project and enter more than one category. Oh, and the awards covers any tech platform, so Web , mobile interactive TV, you name it.
The categories are:
Contribution to civic society award
This award will go to the project that best uses new media technology to contribute to civic society.
Modernising government award
This award will go to the most innovative use of new media technology to improve and modernise services at any level of government.
Elected representative award
This award will go to the elected representative who best uses new media technology to communicate with the electorate. This award is open to councillors, MEPs, MPs, MSPs and Members of the Welsh Assembly, etc.
This award will go to the body or project that has made the most significant contribution to education through the use of new media technology.
Information and openness award
This award will go to the individual or organisation that best uses new media technology to provide an alternative, informative voice enhancing democratic debate.
This award will go to the individual or organisation that has most effectively influenced opinions and behaviour through the use of new media technology. Pressure groups, lobbying firms, charities, corporate public affairs departments and campaigning organisations are all eligible.
Young Innovator award
This award recognises the impact of young innovators in our society. The winner will be involved with new media innovations that improve public life or contribute to civic society. They could have contributed to, created or run a project. These may include websites, blogs, online radio or any other new media project. There is a £500 cash prize for this category. Entrants must be under 26 on 01 Jan 2007.