The Seattle Times has won the fourth-annual Associated Press Managing Editors' Innovator of the Year award.

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The Seattle Times has won the fourth annual Associated Press Managing Editors’ Innovator of the Year award.

The Times was recognized for its use of digital and social-media tools during its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers in a Parkland coffee shop last November. It also was recognized for partnering with neighborhood blogs in its Networked Journalism Project.

Other finalists for the award were the Statesman Journal of Salem, Ore., for its extensive use of social networking in all types of reporting, and the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y., for its “Picture the Impossible” alternate-reality game, which it developed with the Rochester Institute of Technology.

“In an age when there is so much innovation going on in our business, to be recognized for helping to lead the way is especially gratifying for us,” Times Executive Editor David Boardman said in a statement. “We at The Seattle Times are fortunate to work for a company that encourages us to try new things in the service of our community.”

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The Times received $2,000 from the award’s sponsors, GateHouse Media and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.

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