Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Knight Batten awards for innovations in journalism hosted at Newseum (live stream)


The Knight Ridder Building. Knight Ridder was bought in 2006, but the Knight Foundation now exists in its place to promote quality journalism and media innovation. (JEFF CHIU - ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Some 20 years ago, James K. Batten, chairman and CEO of American media company Knight Ridder, urged journalists to adapt for the future and to “invent new ways to make the public’s business rivetingly interesting — and much more difficult to ignore.”

Journalists of today, presented with new and ever-changing technologies, are asked to adapt now more than ever to engage people on public issues. To honor those efforts, the Knight Foundation gives out the annual Knight Batten awards for Innovations in Journalism

Today, those awards are being hosted at the Newseum in Washington D.C. You can watch a livestream of the event below, courtesy of American University’s J-Lab, or follow the event using the hashtag #kb11

This year’s keynote speaker is Washington Post Publisher and Washington Post Media Group CEO Katharine Weymouth, whose speech at 1 p.m. is entitled “Perspectives from an ‘Old Media’ Executive: Reinvention in the Face of Disruptive Changes.” (You can see the Post’s most recent innovations on our @innovations blog.)

Other speakers include Andy Carvin, senior strategist, NPR’s Social Media Desk, and Burt Herman, CEO of Storify.

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