Haaretz Wins Honorable Mention for Innovative Coverage of 2012 Gaza War

Haaretz wins in Award for Media Innovation category for its live blog of Operation Pillar of Defense at this year's World Media Summit Global Awards for Excellence.

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November 2012, Operation Pillar of Defense. Residents of Nitzan taking shelter during a rocket attack.
November 2012, Operation Pillar of Defense. Residents of Nitzan taking shelter during a rocket attack.Credit: Nir Kafri
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Haaretz's coverage of the 2012 conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has won an honorable mention at the 2014 World Media Summit Global Awards for Excellence.

The World Media Summit on Monday announced the winners of its Global Awards for Excellence, which recognize news coverage in multiple media formats, including traditional press, photography, video and integrated media.

Haaretz received the $5,000 prize in the Award for Media Innovation category for its 2012 live blog of Operation Pillar of Defense, the eight-day military operation in the Gaza Strip that began with the killing of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari in an airstrike.

The Seattle Times, Agence France-Presse, the Standard Group Limited in Kenya and Russia Today also received honorable mentions in that category, while USA Today won the award for its examination of mass killings in the United States.

The World Media Summit awards are divided into categories for new media reporting, media innovation and awards for public welfare.

The World Media Summit was launched on the sidelines of the 2008 Beijing Olympics by Li Congjun, president of Xinhua News Agency, along with members of News Corp., the Associated Press, Thomson Reuters, Kyodo News, the BBC, among other news organizations.

The awards recognize media organizations that adopt "a novel approach to traditional news practices" in terms of journalistic tools and techniques.

Haaretz continues to use the live blog format to provide cutting-edge coverage of breaking news stories, including the turmoil in the Middle East.

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