News-O-Matic Wins the World Young Reader Prize from WAN-IFRA

International judges from the WAN-IFRA award News-O-Matic the top prize in its highly competitive editorial category.


News-O-Matic, the Daily News Just for Kids, has won the coveted World Young Reader Prize from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). The annual award goes to innovative news publishers that have devised, in the judges’ opinion, the best project in the past 24 months in young reader development.

News-O-Matic is a leader in student engagement with current events. Young readers have submitted more than a million news comments, votes, and drawings, sharing their perspectives on stories from across the planet. Videos, photos, bilingual access, audio support, interactive maps, and a range of readability levels contribute to the students’ understanding of world events. Now WAN-IFRA has confirmed the significance of the news application’s impact on a global scale with its prestigious award.

“At last someone has done this!” wrote the jury on the panel. The news experts called News-O-Matic “A very complete, interactive daily news app for children with the capacity to produce content in versions that’s made right for different age levels and in two languages, plus an extensive program of engagement beyond the screen. Bravo!”

This award “is recognition for the way News-O-Matic has transformed the news experience for children,” said Editor-in-Chief Russell Kahn. “This tremendous achievement is a testament to the value we’re providing not only to the 1+ million boys and girls who have downloaded the app but also to the global news community as a whole. We’re inspiring a new generation to enjoy reading the news on a daily basis — and are empowered to get involved.”

News-O-Matic, founded in 2013, was one of three companies to receive the top World Young Reader Prize in the editorial category. The others included Yomiuri Shimbun of Japan (founded 1874, circulation 10+ million) and the South China Morning Post (founded 1903).

News-O-Matic will be awarded the WAN-IFRA prize on September 3 in Mumbai, India. The supporters for this year’s WAN-IFRA awards are SitesAlive Foundation, CCI, and Eram Group.

About News-O-Matic
News-O-Matic is the Daily News Just for Kids, a transformative nonfiction reading resource for school and home. It provides students with an exciting and engaging experience, giving young readers a window into the world — and a reason to love reading daily. The tool allows students to make connections in meaningful ways and gives them a voice to communicate with peers across the planet. Its users log in from more than 150 countries. The News-O-Matic app is available on iOS, Android, and Kindle, and soon on the Web.

About the WAN-IFRA Awards
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the global organization of the world’s press, representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites, and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. This year’s awards are supported by SitesAlive, the news in education initiative linked to the Vendée Globe sailing race (for news in education); CCI, the Denmark-based editorial systems and innovation specialists (for editorial); and Eram Group, the multifaceted business conglomerate operating in the Gulf region, India, and Europe (for public service).

For more information about News-O-Matic, please contact Lillian Holtzclaw at Lillian(at)press4kids(dot)com.


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