NMWE is a unique initiative addressing opportunity, recruitment and retention for women in journalism. It fosters and spotlights the creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurial abilities of women in media.
The awards program ended in 2013 following six years of generous support from the McCormick Foundation. We are currently seeking other funding sources.
Lisa Williams is the CEO & founder of Placeblogger.com, the world’s largest searchable index of local weblogs. Placeblogger was a winner of the Knight 21st Century News Challenge, which gives out $5 million dollars annually to innovators with projects that aim to define the future of journalism.
Ms. Williams is also a fellow at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Future Civic Media. The Media Lab is one of the most well-known university-based technology and innovation centers in the world. The newly formed Center for Future Civic Media focuses on meeting the information needs of humanity over the next 100 years.
Prior to founding Placeblogger, Ms. Williams founded H2otown, an online community and news site by and for the residents of her hometown of Watertown, MA. H2otown became a nationally-recognized model for what came to be known as “citizen journalism,” or news created by nonjournalists to serve as a way to create a sense of community in their neighborhoods.
Lisa has worked with the Boston Globe, Dan Gillmor’s Center for Citizen Media, and countless startups and media organizations. She lives in Watertown, MA, with herspouse and two children.
Because of her achievements in new media entrepreneurship, Williams was nominated and chosen by her peers to be the New Media Woman Entrepreneur of 2009.
Stacey Borden and Meghan Muntean received the $2,000 prize as J-Lab’s New Media Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2010 for ChickRx.com, a witty health website for 20-something women. It was funded in the beginning of 2010 by a grant from the McCormick Foundation New Media Women Entrepreneurs program. The award was presented at the second annual New Media Women Entrepreneur Summit in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2010.
ChickRx’s Borden and Muntean were selected to receive because of the rapid launch and robust development of the site.
ChickRx is a DailyCandy-meets-WebMD type of resource addressing health issues that are increasingly discussed among young adult women. The site features expert Q&A, up-to-date news, product picks and celebrity tidbits across the following categories: sex & gynecology, fitness & nutrition, emotional health & relationships, dermatology, and general health.