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2013 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Finalists for the 2013 Online Journalism Awards, many pushing the envelope of innovation and excellence in digital storytelling and distribution, were announced today by the Online News Association and its academic partner, the School of Communication at the University of Miami.

A group of 24 industry-leading journalists and new media professionals teamed up to review entrants and select finalists. Twelve of those judges, representing a diverse cross-section of the industry, conferred to determine winners from independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites.

The results will be announced at the 2013 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Atlanta.

This year, the OJAs were modified to keep up with our rapidly evolving industry by including non-English entries in all categories and updating the student categories. Seven awards come with a total of $37,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, which also is supporting a new Watchdog Journalism category with a $5,000 award.

“Based on the entries, the innovation of online journalists isn’t slowing down. Nor is innovation isolated to just the biggest newsrooms,” said ONA Board member Josh Hatch, who, along with the Associated Press’ Director of Global Product Operations Ruth Gersh, co-chairs the Online Journalism Awards Committee. “As technologies evolve and mature, we’re seeing storytelling taking new forms, multimedia integration hitting new heights, and great journalism reaching more people than ever before.”

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Get the early-bird rate to ONA13; fly, book, connect!

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Register now for ONA13 at the early-bird rate!
Great news: You now have until July 15 to register for the 2013 Online News Association Conference, Oct. 17-19, at the discounted early-bird rate — $439 for members and $769 for non-members. We'll be releasing the ONA13 program before the early-bird rate expires. Not an ONA member yet? A one-year professional membership is only $75


Fly to ONA13 for less
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Deadline extended to enter 2013 Online Journalism Awards

The deadline for entries for the 2013 Online Journalism Awards has been extended to Friday, June 28, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Now that you have more time, here is what you need to know to enter:

Read the OJA overview, rules and eligibility and frequently asked questions carefully.

Check out the descriptions of the 2013 categories, which include the new Gannett Foundation Award for Watchdog Journalism; non-English entries are now included in all categories.

Entry fees are $100 per entry for ONA members; $175 for non-members. Fees for student members are $15 per entry; $50 for non-members. Not an ONA member? Join here. Please allow up to one business day for membership approval.

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If your question is not answered above, contact us at

For the complete list of 2012 winners, visit

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Entries open for 2013 Online Journalism Awards

The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, and the University of Miami’s School of Communication today opened the call for entries for the 2013 Online Journalism Awards, emblematic of the best in digital journalism.

Enter the Online Journalism Awards

The deadline for entries is June 21.

Nine of the 29 awards come with a total of $37,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, including a new $5,000 award honoring the best in Watchdog Journalism.

As in past years, the 2013 Online Journalism Awards have been slightly modified to keep up with the our rapidly evolving industry. This year, non-English entries will be considered in all categories.

“Some say journalism is in trouble, but we think these awards show the opposite is true,” said Joshua Hatch, OJA chair and Senior Editor for Data and Interactives at The Chronicle of Higher Education. “When we look at what’s happening on digital platforms — from the creation of new user experiences to the power small organizations have in reaching large audiences through their important work — we’re thrilled by what we see. And now that all of our awards are open to entrants of all languages, we can’t wait to discover even more innovative work and share it with our community.”

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Nate Silver to keynote at 2013 Online News Association Conference in Atlanta

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, announces that Nate Silver, best-selling author and expert data forecaster at, will keynote at its 2013 conference in Atlanta.

Silver will be featured at the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet Friday, Oct. 18, in a conversation exploring data journalism.

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Deadline extended: Submit your session ideas for ONA13

With three full days of workshops, discussions, creative presentations and more expected at ONA13, we want to collect as many ideas as possible and know more about what you’d like to see and talk about when you come to Atlanta this October.

To give you more time to weigh in on the conference design, we’ve extended the deadline for the ONA13 Suggestion Box for one full week! You now have until May 8 at 11:59 p.m. E.T. to tell us what you can teach digital journalists.

Help us disrupt newsrooms around the world and train a modern workforce of journalists. You can check out all the great ideas
submitted so far at the ONA13 Suggestion Box.

We are especially interested in ideas aimed at beginners and intermediate level training.

Have an idea for the conference, but don’t want to present? We want to hear that, too. Submit today!

Don’t forget, registration for ONA13 is now open. Register now and get the discounted early-bird rate.

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Registration opens for ONA13

Be an early bird and save

Registration is officially open for the 2013 Online News Association Conference & Awards Banquet, Oct. 17-19, in Atlanta. Pro tip: The earlier you register, the lower your fee.

New this year: One price gets you into any and all conference sessions, the Midway, exhibits and the Job Fair! Pick and choose from our extended (three-day) program.

Starting today, members and non-members will have two months to sign up for the conference at the early-bird rate. Then the cost goes up incrementally, so avoid the last-minute crunch. As past attendees know, ONA13 passes sell out quickly, so plan to get yours early.

ONA13 General Pass

  April 29 – July 1 July 2 – Aug. 9 Aug. 10 – Sept. 20
ONA members $439 $549 $659
Non-members $769 $879 $989
Student members $150 $150 $150
Student non-members $175 $175 $175
OJA Banquet $25 $25 $25

Registering as a group (10 or more, for a $50 per ticket discount)? Contact for assistance.

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Join the party, get comped — volunteer to work at ONA13!

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The ONA13 Volunteer Committee is looking for volunteers to work before, during (and a little bit after) the 2013 Online News Association Conference in Atlanta, Oct. 17-19. Come meet and work alongside the best minds in online journalism, and revel in the satisfaction of pulling off one of the best events in the industry.

Volunteer at ONA13

Qualifications: A nice smile, a love of digital journalism (and journalists) and a firm commitment.

Volunteers will be assigned to work an eight- to 10-hour shift — in return, you’ll get free and guaranteed registration to what has been a sold-out conference six years running. There’s plenty of camaraderie, lots of sugar and caffeine, and reasonable hours that allow you time to network and take advantage of what’s at the conference.

If you’re planning to attend or, even better, are already in the Atlanta area, fill out the ONA13 Volunteer Application and tell us about yourself and the days and times you’re available. If selected, you’ll be assigned a slot or slots based on your availability and skill set.

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ONA13 Suggestion Box: Help us craft your conference

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We’re looking for fresh ideas for this year’s Online News Association Conference, ONA13.

Each year, we bring together journalists, technologists and academics to share the most exciting trends in digital journalism.

This year, we’re looking to pull in more creative ideas, and are especially interested in sessions that don’t fit the traditional panel format (but feel free to submit panel ideas here as well).

What can you teach digital journalists? What have you seen or heard that might inspire us?

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Wanted: Student journalists and mentors for the ONA13 Student Newsroom

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Students, want to get your work in front of over 1,400 digital journalism professionals and network with leaders in the industry — not to mention potential employers? Would it seal the deal if it were all free?

It’s not too good to be true. Apply to be one of 20 select students in the ONA13 Student Newsroom, sponsored by Google, at the 2013 Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, Oct. 17–19, in Atlanta.

The Student Newsroom, supported for the fourth year by Google, immerses college students in a digital media environment by providing hands-on experience producing content for the ONA13 website before and during the conference, under the personal guidance of professional mentors. Students also have the opportunity to attend ONA13 programming led by experts in digital journalism, network with attendees and acquire and flex new digital media skills. Lodging, travel and registration expenses are covered.

Applications for both students and mentors must be received by May 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Learn more about student eligibility and how to apply.

Read about last year’s students and their conference coverage.

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