2013 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced

By on September 16, 2013

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.”

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Knight Award for Public Service

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Medium

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Large

Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism

Breaking News, Small

Breaking News, Medium

Breaking News, Large

Planned News/Events, Small

Planned News/Events, Medium

Planned News/Events, Large

Explanatory Reporting, Small

Explanatory Reporting, Medium

Explanatory Reporting, Large

Topical Reporting, Small

Topical Reporting, Medium

Topical Reporting, Large

Online Commentary, Small

Online Commentary, Medium

Online Commentary, Large

Feature, Small

Feature, Medium

Feature, Large

Student Projects, Small

Student Projects, Large

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Small

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Medium

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Large

Gannett Foundation Award for Watchdog Journalism

The judges of this year’s awards were:

  • Rich Beckman, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami
  • Cindy Chang, Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
  • Carrie Ching, Independent Multimedia Journalist
  • Arianna Ciccone, Founder, International Journalism Festival
  • Gabriel Dance, Interactive Editor, Guardian U.S.
  • Kathleen Ehrlich, formerly Senior Director of Digital Content and Operations, WNYC
  • Meghann Farnsworth, Senior Manager, Distribution and Online Engagement, The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Rich Jaroslovsky, Technology Columnist, Bloomberg News and ONA founding president
  • Martin Kotynek, Investigative Editor, Die Zeit; 2013 Knight Journalism Fellow, Stanford University
  • Scott Klein, Senior Editor, News Applications, ProPublica
  • Jennifer MacMillan, Senior Communities Editor, Globe and Mail
  • Colin Mulvany, Multimedia Producer, The Spokesman-Review
  • Momi Peralta Ramos, La Nación Data Project Manager, La Nación, Argentina
  • Erin Polgreen, Editor, Publisher, and Cofounder, Symbolia
  • Alexandre Pratt, Managing Editor, Digital and Features, La Presse
  • Tasneem Raja, Digital/Interactive Editor, Mother Jones
  • Ju-Don Roberts, Digital Strategist and Startup Adviser
  • Andrei Scheinkman, Data Editor, The Huffington Post
  • Zach Seward, Senior Editor, Quartz
  • Will Sullivan, Mobile Product Lead, Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Lam Thuy Vo, Interactive Editor, Al Jazeera America
  • Matt Waite, Journalism Professor of Practice, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Ben Welsh, Database Producer, Los Angeles Times
  • Jose Zamora, Strategic Communications, Univision News

Judges were recused from discussing categories in which their own organizations were entered.

OJA judging is accomplished in partnership with the University of Miami’s School of Communication. Winners will be announced at the Awards Banquet on the last night of ONA13 in Atlanta. Tickets to the Banquet are available for only $25.

Launched in 2000, the OJAs are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism.

About ONA
The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of online journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, technologists, photographers, academics, students and others who produce and distribute news for digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association annual conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.

About the University of Miami School of Communication
The University of Miami School of Communication prepares analytical and responsible communication professionals for success in a global society. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, visual journalism, communication studies and motion pictures. The School’s state of the art, all-digital facilities and resources are among the most advanced in the country. Approximately 1,500 students are enrolled.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of the U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Since 1950 the foundation has granted more than $400 million to advance journalism quality and freedom of expression. Knight Foundation focuses on ideas and projects that create transformational change.

About the Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. whose mission is to invest in the future of the communities in which Gannett does business, and in the future of our industry. It supports projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.


Jennifer Mizgata

Jennifer Mizgata is Director of Programs at the Online News Association, where she leads the Women's Leadership Accelerator. At ONA, Jennifer focuses on identifying talented digital journalists and innovative journalism projects and providing them with support. Jennifer is a business and design strategist with over a decade of experience creating industry-changing training programs, investing in award-winning projects, and managing key relationships with journalism partners and tech stakeholders. She regularly coaches managers, senior leaders and entrepreneurs on challenges related to their careers and launching new ventures. Jennifer shares advice for navigating tough work challenges in Work Space, a monthly column for Fortune.