Online journalist and interactive producer, San Francisco
Project: A model for presenting news stories in public spaces that invites collective exploration.
Katy Newton began her career in San Francisco’s documentary film and commerical industry before moving gradually into journalism by producing interactive stories for the Oakland Tribune. One of her proudest achievements was the Not Just a Number project, an interactive community journalism initiative that took a new approach to the Tribune’s annual homocide report. The project reinvented the way the paper covered issues of violence, humanizing the numbers and connecting with readers. It was recognized with the 2007 Knight Foundation Service Journalism Award. In 2008, Newton became a video journalist at the Los Angeles Times. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a 2010 Emmy nomination, an Overseas Press Club Award and two Webby Awards: for a web series that explored the people behind the posts in the “missed connections” section of Craigslist and for a web documentary that tells the story of ex-L.A. gang members making a difference in rural Alabama.
Newton is passionate about finding ways to help people interact with news in public spaces and getting us out of our narrow circles of interest.
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