Established in February 2007, the Finnish Society for Innovation Journalism acts as a link between people interested in innovations, the way they are covered in the media, and how better stories could be written about them.
Each year, the Finnish Society for Innovation Journalism hands out the Innovation Crystal, a Finnish innovation journalism prize awarded for a particularly well-written innovation-related story published during the previous year in Finland.
In addition to organising the annual Innovation Crystal competition, the Society also provides innovation journalism training and organises various events, get-togethers and visits to organisations involved in creating or fostering innovations.
To join the Finnish Society for Innovation Journalism, send an email to hallitus(at)finjo.fi. Membership applications will be handled by the Board of the Society, and all applicants will be informed in due course.
For individual members, the membership fee in 2010 is 20 euros. For organisations wishing to join the Society, the sponsor membership fee is 500 euros. (Fees are payable to account 660100-1073253 at Ålandsbanken).
All members of the Finnish Society for Innovation Journalism wishing to attend the meetings of the Board of the Society are welcome to do so.
Innovation Crystal competition 2010
The Innovation Crystal 2010 prize was awarded to journalist Tiina Tikkanen of Opettaja-lehti (magazine Teacher) for a series of stories dealing with innovations in teaching at schools.
The prize, accompanied by a 3,000 euro cheque, was handed out on 25 March 2010 in a gala ceremony at Päivälehden museo (museum run by Helsingin Sanomat Foundation) in Helsinki. The prize was sponsored by Luova Tampere (Creative Tampere) -program , and the winning entry was chosen by Jorma Ollila, the chairman of Nokia and Shell. You can find more information about the competition and the gala in the Innovaatiokide 2010 page (unfortunately only in Finnish, but maybe you just take a look at the photo gallery).
This was the fourth time that the Innovation Crystal Award was handed out, and as always, it was given to the best innovation-related story published in Finland during the previous year. According to the competition rules, the Innovation Crystal is awarded “to a journalistic representation that gives a particularly skillful account of some innovation-related theme or topic”.
The Innovation Crystal competition will be held also in 2011. You can participate in the competition by submitting a story or a series of stories published during 2010 in Finland and covering new ideas, new methods or operational procedures, or new interdisciplinary themes. Please feel free to suggest suitable entries or submit your own stories, either in electronic form or in print, by the end of January 2011. For more detailed instructions, send an email to hallitus(at)finjo.fi and check the Innovaatiokide 2011 page.
What is innovation journalism?
If you haven’t come across the term innovation journalism before, you can look it up in Wikipedia, or check the Innovation Journalism Program at Stanford University pages at http://innovationjournalism.org/
The Board in 2011
The Society’s email address: finjo(at)finjo.fi