CNN's digital newsgathering operations were honored with two IBC Innovation Awards, including a Judges' Prize for the top innovation of the past year, at IBC2007.
CNN's digital newsgathering also won for Content Creation, an award that cited the network's innovative use of digital newsgathering technology to cover the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in July 2006.
The IBC Innovation Awards were presented Sunday, Sept. 9, at an awards dinner at the IBC2007 Conference in Amsterdam. The IBC Innovation Awards, inaugurated in 2006, celebrate technical excellence in news and entertainment broadcasting.
In presenting the awards, IBC judges recognized CNN for opening a new chapter in the use of newsgathering technology through the use of lightweight kits that combine cameras, editing tools and advanced satellite and Internet communications technology into a laptop-based system. This suite of new technologies enable journalists to employ immediate live and video FTP submissions, real-time content monitoring, editing and voice communication from anywhere in the field.
For coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, CNN's anchors broadcast mainly from various locations in the region using conventional uplink dishes that allowed correspondents to file live reports in remote areas using portable transmission gear that fit into backpacks.