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(For Immediate Release)

Washingtonpost.com Database Journalism Wins Knight-Batten Honor for Innovation

Arlington VA – July 26, 2006 — washingtonpost.com has been named a winner of a Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism for the Congressional Votes Database.

The Congressional Votes Database, a joint project of the editorial and research departments of washingtonpost.com, uses several sources of data to aggregate detailed and rapidly updated information on votes and issues from 1999 to the present. Since its launch, the database has been adopted as a resource by major universities, news organizations and voter rights groups.

In the Knight Foundation’s announcement, Gary Kebbel, journalism program officer for the foundation, said this year’s honorees awards “show how journalists are going beyond the ideas and skills previously honored as Knight-Batten winners and are pushing innovative ideas further each year.”

Caroline Little, CEO and publisher of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive said, “We’re delighted to be recognized for innovative projects like the Congressional Votes Database. The database lies at the heart of our strategy to empower users with the kinds of information tools that help them make intelligent and informed decisions.”

The Knight-Batten Foundation will choose a Grand Prize winner from several winning finalists at its formal ceremony in September 2006.


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