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Premack Awards to feature PolitiFact developer Matt Waite

Event honors the best of Minnesota’s public affairs reporting

February 27, 2012

PolitiFact developer Matt Waite will speak at the 35th annual Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards ceremony at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the University of Minnesota's McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public.

Waite is the principal developer of PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, data-driven website that fact checks what politicians and public figures say ( Waite is also co-founder of Hot Type Consulting LLC, a company that specializes in web development for media companies, and was the news technologist for the St. Petersburg Times and

Waite will be available for phone or e-mail interviews prior to the event. To arrange an interview, contact Sarah Howard at (612) 625-8095 or

The Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards will be presented to five winners in the following categories: Public Affairs Reporting–Print/Online (one award each for large and small organizations), Public Affairs Reporting–Broadcast/Online, and Opinion Writing (one award each for large and small organizations). Finalists for the awards will be announced on March 3, 2012.

The Premack Public Affairs Journalism Awards honor excellence in Minnesota journalism and are sponsored by the Minnesota Journalism Center and the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC). For more information, visit

The Minnesota Journalism Center improves the practice of journalism, promotes interaction between media professionals and the academy, and serves as the outreach arm of the SJMC.

The School of Journalism & Mass Communication is part of the College of Liberal Arts and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Journalism and Mass Communication.

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