ONA announces winners in the 2021 Online Journalism Awards
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PublicSource, Grist, ProPublica and The New York Times awarded the General Excellence honors at the 2021 OJAs; Gina Chua received Impact Award
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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inspiring journalism projects covering climate change, Himalaya’s ghost cats, political crisis in Hong Kong and the U.S. public health system were among the finalists and winners honored Oct. 15 in the 2021 Online Journalism Awards—the annual global showcase of digital innovation administered by the Online News Association (ONA).
Winners were announced online and during a ceremony in Philadelphia, where ONA reconnected the journalism community at the association’s first in-person conference in two years. The Lenfest Institute for Journalism provided support to host the 2021 OJAs reception and ceremony.
Special guests included Gina Chua, Executive Editor of Reuters, who was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Impact Award for her dedication to innovation in visual storytelling and steadfast commitment to mentor journalists and address structural issues in the industry. Selected by the ONA Board of Directors, the Impact Award recognizes trailblazing individuals who have made a substantial impact on the industry, regardless of their tenure in journalism or involvement with ONA.
Five honors in the 2021 OJAs come with a total of $40,000 in prize money. PublicSource, Grist, ProPublica and The New York Times each received a $5,000 prize for the General Excellence in Online Journalism award, supported by SmartNews. The Topical Reporting: Climate Change award went to Grist, with a $5,000 prize courtesy of McKinsey Publishing.
The 2021 Knight Award for Public Service—with a $5,000 prize supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation—honored THE CITY for their project “Missing Them,” a local accountability project to track down and memorialize people who died due to Covid-19 in New York City.
The Gather Award in Engaged Journalism comes with $2,500 prizes for each of the two subcategories, thanks to the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communications. El Tímpano earned recognition in the Micro/Small Newsrooms subcategory for their community-powered coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Anchorage Daily News in collaboration with ProPublica are the winners in the Overall Excellence subcategory for their project “Unheard,” bringing to light the stories of survivors of sexual violence in Alaska.
ONA expanded this year’s competition with two new awards: Topical Reporting: Pandemic Coverage and Excellence in Social Justice Reporting. Winners in these categories included The Washington Post, USA Today, News & Observer and ProPublica.
The 2021 OJAs also reimagined recognition for student work, with two subcategories in the revamped Student Journalism Award. Brett Marsh of the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism received the award in the Student Portfolio subcategory. Two winners were recognized for the Student Team Portfolio Award—the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
As part of the 2021 awards showcase, ONA also previously announced the 2021 recipients of three awards bestowed by special committees on individuals or small groups. Honorees included the community managers of the ICFJ Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum (Paul Adepoju, Kossi Balao, Desiree Esquivel, Fadwa Kamal, Alexandre Orrico, Stella Roque) for the ONA Community Award; Palestinian freelance photojournalist Samar Abu Elouf for James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting; and Meredith Artley, Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, for the Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award.
Here is the full list of the 2021 Online Journalism Awards winners in 21 categories that were open for submissions:
Gather Award in Engaged Journalism, Micro/Small NewsroomEl Tímpano
Gather Award in Engaged Journalism, Overall ExcellenceAnchorage Daily News, ProPublica
Knight Award for Public ServiceTHE CITY
Excellence in Social Justice Reporting, Single StoryNews & Observer, ProPublica
Excellence in Social Justice Reporting, PortfolioThe Washington Post
Topical Reporting: Climate ChangeGrist
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Micro NewsroomPublicSource
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small NewsroomGrist
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Medium NewsroomProPublica
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Large NewsroomThe New York Times
Breaking, Small/Medium NewsroomSan Francisco Chronicle
Breaking News, Large NewsroomThe New York Times
Digital Video Storytelling, Short FormFRONTLINE, The New Yorker
Digital Video Storytelling, Medium FormPulitzer Center, The New Yorker
Digital Video Storytelling, Long FormVice
Digital Video Storytelling, SeriesSouth China Morning Post
Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Small NewsroomÀ Punt Mèdia, Barret Cooperativa, Lab RTVE
Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Medium NewsroomThe New Yorker
Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Large NewsroomThe Globe and Mail
Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Limited SeriesThe Washington Post
Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Ongoing SeriesAl Jazeera Digital, Al Jazeera English Online
Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Use of Audio StorytellingThe Washington Post
Excellence in Collaboration and PartnershipsAL.com, IndyStar, Invisible Institute, The Baton Rouge Advocate, The Marshall Project
Excellence in Immersive StorytellingThe New Yorker
Excellence in Newsletters, PortfolioThe Wall Street Journal
Excellence in Newsletters, Single NewsletterTHE CITY
Explanatory Reporting, Small NewsroomCenter for Public Integrity
Explanatory Reporting, Medium NewsroomHonolulu Star-Advertiser, ProPublica
Explanatory Reporting, Large NewsroomStar Tribune
Feature, Small Newsroom歪脑 | WHYNOT by Radio Free Asia
Feature, Medium NewsroomUnivision News Digital
Feature, Large NewsroomThe New York Times
Online CommentaryThe Washington Post
Sports, Small/Medium NewsroomMARCA
Sports, Large NewsroomThe New York Times
Student Journalism Award, Student PortfolioBrett Marsh: University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism
Student Journalism Award, Student Team PortfolioArizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Carnegie-Knight News21
Student Journalism Award, Student Team PortfolioNewhouse School at Syracuse University
The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Small NewsroomSpotlight PA
The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Medium NewsroomTampa Bay Times
The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Large NewsroomThe Globe and Mail
Topical Reporting: Pandemic Coverage, PortfolioThe Washington Post
Topical Reporting: Pandemic Coverage, Single StoryUSA Today
University of Florida Award in Investigative Data Journalism, Small/Medium NewsroomGrist, The Texas Observer
University of Florida Award in Investigative Data Journalism, Large NewsroomAssociated Press, KHN (Kaiser Health News)
Launched in 2000, the Online Journalism Awards are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites. Find more highlights from the 2021 Online Journalism Awards using #OJA21 on social media and watch the ceremony at awards.journalists.org/live.
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