New winner for 2012 Online Journalism Award for Feature, Medium

By on October 2, 2012

Dear members,

Today we are announcing a new winner in the 2012 Online Journalism Awards — The Chronicle of Higher Education, in the Feature, Medium, category, for its piece, “The Education of Dasmine Cathey.”

We made this change after the original winner, the Globe and Mail, alerted us that it had mistakenly entered its story “Breaking Caste” in the wrong size category. According to Executive Editor Jill Borra, who contacted ONA last week, the Globe and Mail misinterpreted the new entry criteria that factored in entries by size of editorial staff — because of its staff size, its entry should have been made in the Large category. This unintentional error resulted in the Globe and Mail winning an award for which it did not qualify.

After being notified, the OJA Committee took time to review the entries and judging notes and, consulting with the judges in that category, determined that the finalist The Chronicle of Higher Education was the winner.

We deeply appreciate the Globe and Mail alerting us to the error, returning the award and suggesting its removal as a finalist in the category. Moving forward, the OJA committee will work to fine-tune the entry process by better clarifying the divisions, and will redouble our efforts to ensure entrants are in the proper size divisions.

Please join us in extending our congratulations to the Chronicle of Higher Education for its well-deserved award.

Josh Hatch, Online Journalism Awards Chair

Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer is a digital strategist dedicated to public service who has spent her career building communities online and offline. Jennifer leads communications and social media strategy for the Online News Association (ONA), the world's largest association of digital journalists. She also designs training programs and industry-leading conferences for journalists, with a focus on bringing digital tools to underserved communities and developing female leadership in newsrooms. Before joining ONA, Jennifer served as the first social media lead for the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations agency fighting hunger worldwide. At WFP, she created advocacy campaigns for the world's largest humanitarian agency and designed events and international fundraising strategies for celebrity partners including Drew Barrymore and Thievery Corporation. An established photographer, Jennifer’s documentary work has been featured on a number of news sites and shown in galleries. She lives in Baltimore and works out of D.C., which is a totally reasonable thing to do and gives her access to all of the best things in both places.