The Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), launched in May 2000 to honor excellence in digital journalism around the world, are administered by the Online News Association.
Over the past decade, the OJAs have recognized major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in multimedia storytelling. The OJA Committee and judges place special emphasis on entries that demonstrate mastery of the special characteristics and emerging technology of digital journalism.
Ten of the awards now come with $60,000 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, and the University of Florida. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation and general excellence.
The finalists and winners are selected through a two-step process. First, industry-leading journalists and new media professionals screen the awards to determine semi-finalists. In August, a panel of judges convene to select winners.
The OJAs are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world. Honorees will be announced on the final night of ONA15, the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, Sept. 24-26, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.