Storify, the social media publishing platform that lets users create stories by dragging and dropping elements from social networks, is this year’s $10,000 Grand Prize winner in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. “Scarcely a year into its existence, Storify has become so essential the word storify has become a verb,” says Jan Schaffer, director of J-Lab, which administers the awards. Amy Webb, one of the contest judges, adds: “In Storify, we see a journalism tool that truly solves a newsroom problem and also inspires others to challenge the way they’ve been telling stories.”

Honored with Special Distinction Awards:

* West Africa Democracy Radio ($2,000)
* NPR’s Andy Carvin and his Twitter community ($2,000)
* Bloomberg Government ($1,000)
* The Texas Tribune ($1,000)

Cited as Honorable Mentions:

* Biblion: The New York Public Library’s iPad app
* NewHavenIndependent.org Community Engagement
* Guardian Data
* Bay Citizen Bike Tracker