digital storytelling,  empowerment,  media literacy,  mobile

RTS Innovation Awards 2009

BBC iPlayer won the main Judges’ Award at last night’s RTS Innovation Awards.
I was there with Karen Lewis because BBC Digital Storytelling had been nominated in the user generated content category along with Channel 4’s Landshare and The Sex Experience. Landshare won in this category.

It was great to see Karen Lewis for the first time since DS4. Since leaving the BBC, she’s set up StoryWorks at the University of Glamorgan and doing some really exciting work  with Communities 2.0 and with people who have cancer at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff, and much more.

Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman watch digital stories

Gareth Morlais and Karen Lewis

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At the RTS, the most interesting award from the point of view of participatory media was Sky News iPhone Application, which won the On The Move category:

“The jury reported they loved this application – it is clear, effective, offers excellent video quality and is highly rated among those who use it. It will be fascinating, they commented, to see how Sky fully exploits the development’s sharing capacity that allows viewers to connect to Sky and submit their own eyewitness or user-generated material.”

It’s great to hear of a broadcaster making an application which encourages contribution like this.

There’s a list of all the winners on the RTS website.

The awards at BAFTA Picadilly were hosted by Jeff Henry, Brent Hoberman, Martha Lane Fox and David Lowen.

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