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April 26 2012


Crisis Guide: Iran Receives Overseas Press Club Award for Online Excellence

Crisis Guide: Iran produced by MediaStorm and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) received the 2011 Overseas Press Club (OPC) award for Web: Online General Excellence. The OPC awards have been recognizing online journalism since the 1940s and this year they added six new categories for online coverage to acknowledge the changing media landscape.

Crisis Guide: Iran Poster

Crisis Guide: Iran was honored for its superb use of multimedia in a timely and in-depth study of Iran’s politics, economy and nuclear program. The seven-chapter publication was recognized for using interactive graphics, archival slideshows, graphs, timelines and video interviews to showcase the history and government of the country in a visually pleasing and accessible way.

Crisis Guide: Iran Page

Crisis Guide: Iran is the seventh in a series of guides produced by MediaStorm and CFR that look at major international issues, including Pakistan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Korean Peninsula, Nuclear Energy, the global economy, global covernance, and climate change. Crisis Guide: Pakistan was awarded the OPC Award for Best Use of Multimedia in 2010.

With this project, MediaStorm and CFR aimed to create a site that was immersive in experience, allowing the user to focus on the complex history of Iran and the issues facing the country as a whole. The guide draws on insights from more than 25 leading analysts, government officials, and journalists to explore Iran’s challenges and offer a range of expert opinions on the policy options to address them. It also uses multimedia elements to trace the country’s history, examine its oil-driven economy, and survey its controversial nuclear program.

Crisis Guide: Iran Graphic

The awards were presented last night at the 73rd Annual OPC Awards Dinner in New York. The club presented 27 awards in categories ranging from photography to online commentary. In addition to MediaStorm and CFR, the winners for online and web coverage are foreignpolicy.com, GlobalPost.com, The Financial Times and ProPublica, Virginia Quarterly Review and The New York Times. Congratulations to all the winners.

April 24 2012


A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan Receives Media for Liberty Award

A Darkness Visible PosterLiberty Media Corporation honored A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan by VII Photographer Seamus Murphy and MediaStorm last week as the winner of its 2012 Media for Liberty Award.

The 2012 Media for Liberty Award acknowledges and encourages media contributions that explore the relationship between economic and political liberty. The winning entry is selected by a panel of judges and receives an award of $50,000.

Brian Storm and Seamus Murphy accept Liberty Media Award

Brian Storm (left) and Seamus Murphy (right) accept Media for Liberty Award from John Malone.

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan is based on 14 trips to Afghanistan between 1994 and 2010 by internationally-recognized photojournalist Seamus Murphy. As he chronicles Afghans caught in political turmoil, he highlights their often-overlooked desire for self-determination.

John McCain, Brian Storm and Seamus Murphy

Brian Storm and Seamus Murphy meet US Senator John McCain.

“This film puts the relationship between political struggles and economic hardships into clear focus,” said John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media. “In addition to being topical, it sheds light on history that even today is under-appreciated, and we are pleased to honor Seamus Murphy and MediaStorm.”

A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan was honored at an evening reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by Liberty Media and emceed by Tucker Carlson, a contributor to FOX News, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller news site and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Seamus Murphy and Brian Storm at awards reception.

Seamus Murphy and Brian Storm at awards reception.

Earlier this year, A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan was also awarded the Picture of the Year International Award of Excellence for Long Form Documentary.

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July 18 2011


Three MediaStorm Projects nominated for News and Documentary Emmy Awards

Three MediaStorm projects are among the Nominees announced today for the 32nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Undesired, By Walter Astrada for the Alexia Foundation, was nominated in the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Documentaries Category.

In India, all women must confront the cultural pressure to bear a son. The consequences of this preference is a disregard for the lives of women and girls. From birth until death they face a constant threat of violence. See the project here.

Crisis Guide: Pakistan, produced for Council on Foreign Relations, was also nominated in the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Documentaries Category.

Pakistan’s stability is of great consequence to regional and international security. Crisis Guide: Pakistan examines the roots of its challenges, what it means for the region and the world, and explores some plausible futures for the country. See the project here.

Airsick by Toronto Star Photographer Lucas Oleniuk, was nominated in the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture Category.

Created with 20,000 photographs and a haunting soundtrack, Airsick plays out like an unsettling dream. Photographer Lucas Oleniuk examines our addiction to fossil fuel – and its consequences. See the project here.

Congratulations to all of the other Nominees.

Winners will be announced on Monday, September 26 in New York City. Visit emmyonline.org for full information.

April 29 2011


CFR’s ‘Crisis Guide: Pakistan’ named as winner of Overseas Press Club of America’s Best Use of Multimedia Award

Crisis Guide: Pakistan, produced by the Council on Foreign Relations in partnership with MediaStorm, was selected as the winner for the Overseas Press Club of America’s Best Use of Multimedia Award. OPC introduced 6 new awards this year for online journalism.

Award recipients were announced last night at the 72nd Annual OPC Awards dinner in New York City. Congratulations to all of the winners!

September 07 2010


MediaStorm-Reuters collaboration recognized at 2010 FRANCE24-RFI Web Documentary Awards

The 2010 FRANCE24-RFI Web Documentary Award jury met last week in Perpignan, France at the 22nd International Photojournalism Festival, Visa pour l’Image, and gave special distinction recognition to Times of Crisis, an interactive Web site produced by Jassim Ahmad and Ayperi Karabuda of Reuters, in association with MediaStorm. The Executive Producer was Brian Storm.

Times of Crisis follows the success of Bearing Witness, which was the first collaboration between MediaStorm and Reuters in 2008.

July 15 2010


MediaStorm projects nominated for three Emmy Awards

MediaStorm is thrilled to announce that three of our 2009 projects have been nominated for the 31st Annual Emmy Awards for News & Documentary.

Driftless: Stories from Iowa, by Danny Wilcox Frazier, was nominated in the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Documentaries Category.

Once at the center of the U.S. economy, the family farm now drifts at its edges. In Iowa, old-time farmers try to hang on to their way of life, while their young push out to find their futures elsewhere. Driftless tells their stories.

Times of Crisis was nominated in the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage Category.

In Times of Crisis, Reuters charts 365 days of global financial upheaval to see how lives have changed as a divergent world embarks on an era of historic challenge.

Surviving the Tsunami: Stories of Hope was also nominated in the New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Current News Coverage Category.

Combining imagery by Reuters photojournalists with eyewitness testimony and interactive graphics, Surviving the Tsunami reveals the strength of the human spirit in the face of catastrophe.

Winners will be announced on Monday, September 27, in New York City. See the Emmy Award website for a full list of nominees.

May 04 2010


MediaStorm’s Driftless: Stories from Iowa by Danny Wilcox Frazier wins Webby Award for Best Editing/Online Film and Video

The 14th Annual Webby Awards today named MediaStorm’s Driftless: Stories from Iowa by Danny Wilcox Frazier as the winner in the Best Editing/Online Film and Video Category.

MediaStorm will be honored at a star-studded ceremony hosted by B.J. Novak of NBC’s “The Office” on June 14th in New York City. On June 15th, fans will be able to watch the ceremony at the official Webby Awards YouTube Channel. A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found here.

winner_black_thumbHailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Martha Stewart, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter’s Biz Stone.

“The Webby Awards honors the very best of the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “MediaStorm’s achievement is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

The 14th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-word speech limit. Past Webby Award winners — and their speeches — include Al Gore (”Please don’t recount this vote”), Beastie Boys (”Can anyone fix my computer?”), and Stephen Colbert (”Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.”)

January 14 2010


Intended Consequences named as first web winner of Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced the 2010 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. MediaStorm is honored to be the first web recipient of a duPont Award, for Intended Consequences, by Jonathan Torgovnik.

From their site:

In painfully intimate interviews photojournalist Jonathan Torgovnik explores an unfathomable question: can a mother can love a child born out of rape. The women profiled in this haunting multimedia presentation were caught in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when mass rapes resulted in the birth of an estimated 20,000 children. It spotlights an issue which had not been as widely covered as other war crimes in Rwanda, and is the first Web-based production to win a duPont Award. The women speak simply about their brutal experiences, their isolation and suffering, and the way forward. The producers made excellent creative choices that contributed to the impact of the reporting without resorting to sensationalism.

The duPont Awards, administered since 1968 by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, are considered to be the most prestigious broadcast journalism awards and the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes, which are also administered at the Journalism School. Selected by the duPont Jury for excellence in broadcast journalism, the award-winning news programs aired in the United States between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009. The honorees will be presented with silver duPont batons at a ceremony held at Columbia University on Thursday, January 21, 2010.

Congratulations to all of the winners, there’s some really amazing work in there. You can see the full list at the duPont site.


Intended Consequences wins Anthropographia Award for Multimedia and Human Rights

We are pleased to announce that Intended Consequences by Jonathan Torgovnik has won The Anthropographia Award for Multimedia and Human Rights. Congratulations also to Marcus Bleasdale, whose still project The Rape of a Nation won the The Anthropographia Award for Photography and Human Rights. The multimedia piece, produced by MediaStorm, also received an Honorary Mention.

Anthropographia’s aim is to create new spaces for photojournalism; new spaces that encourage the promotion of human rights, expose social injustice and underline the multiple realities of our current world. The jury shortlisted 24 photography essays as well as 10 multimedia pieces which will be displayed on large scale exhibitions internationally.

Projects will be screened at the New York Photo Festival, and at several other locations. Full listing, along with all of the winners, on the Anthropographia site.

December 09 2009


CFR.org and MediaStorm win Emmy for Crisis Guide: The Global Economy

emmy2009Crisis Guide: The Global Economy, produced for Council on Foreign Relations, is the recipient of the 2009 Emmy Award for New Approaches to Business & Financial Reporting.

Other nominees in the category included:

CNBC.com: Boom, Bust & Blame

CBS.com: The Fast Draw

The Wall Street Journal Digital Network: Mongolian Way of Life at Risk

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Pictured from left to right are: Jacky Myint, Michael Moran, Brian Storm, Eric Maierson, Jeremy Sherlock, Lee Hudson Teslik. Image by bryan-brown.com.

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