Submissions are open for the 2021 Online Journalism Awards
It’s one of our favorite times of the year: We are now accepting entries for the 2021 Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), honoring the best in digital journalism from around the world. In all categories, judges will give weight to the quality of the journalism, digital innovation and the impact of the projects. Submissions are due June 10.
The 2021 OJAs feature 45 awards, including four new or updated categories:
Topical Reporting: Pandemic Coverage: This award honors journalism—either a single story or a portfolio—that focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses aspects such as science, public health, policy, lifestyle and economic impact.
Excellence in Social Justice Reporting: Entries in this category highlight systemic inequities encountered by historically marginalized communities, and may include coverage of social movements, racial justice, migration, access to education, voting rights and more.
Student Journalism Award: This award reimagines recognition for student work with two subcategories: Student Portfolio and Student Team Portfolio. Honorees will demonstrate excellence in using digital storytelling and technologies to inform audiences across a breadth of topics and issues.
Breaking News: This award has been streamlined with two subcategories for newsroom size: Small/Medium and Large. It previously included separate subcategories for Small, Medium and Large newsrooms.
This year’s OJAs also include five awards with a total of $40,000 in prize money, thanks to the generous support of SmartNews, Journalism 360, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Agora Journalism Center and McKinsey Publishing. These cash prize awards honor general excellence, immersive storytelling, public service, engaged journalism and climate change reporting.
The awards are open to work published between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. Review the Rules and Eligibility in full before starting a submission.
A global group of journalists and digital media professionals will screen all entries to discover the best work and select semi-finalists. Screeners represent all parts of the industry, from local reporters and newsroom leadership to product managers, audience engagement specialists, designers, data journalists and more. It’s one of ONA’s most popular volunteer opportunities: Apply by May 26 to become a 2021 OJA screener.