ONA Weekly #382: Gina Chua Wins Inaugural Impact Award

By on October 20, 2021

Gina Chua Wins Inaugural Impact Award at the 2021 OJAs  

Gina Chua accepted the inaugural Impact Award at the Online Journalism Awards last Friday, Oct. 15. Chua became the Executive Editor of Reuters in April 2021 after serving as Global Managing Editor of operations where she led the newsroom’s award-winning project Connected China in 2014. Respected by peers as a mentor and problem solver, Chua’s contribution to digital journalism encompasses developing talent, creating innovative resources in visual storytelling, organizing the physical and digital safety of newsrooms and serving on the board of nonprofit news organizations. The Impact Award recognizes individuals who have and continue to make significant impact on the industry.

ONA Insights is now available on-demand 

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How to transform your data to insight to action 

Join this free Oct. 26 webinar to discuss the challenges and opportunities of adopting a data-oriented culture, as well as an overview of the in-house and third-party data solutions landscape. Rafael Cores, VP of Digital Content for Impremedia, whose digital properties include La Opinión in Los Angeles, El Diario in New York City and La Raza in Chicago, will lead the discussion. This webinar is delivered in partnership with Marfeel.

OJAs honored reporting on Covid-19, climate change and social justice movements

Winners of the 2021 Online Journalism Awards were announced online and during a reception in Philadelphia on Oct. 15. The reception and awards ceremony was hosted with generous support from the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. Forty-five journalism projects received distinctions across 21 categories including Digital Storytelling, Excellence in Visual and Audio Digital Storytelling and Explanatory Reporting. Prizewinners from the General Excellence in Online Journalism category, which includes ProPublica, PublicSource, Grist and The New York Times each received a cash prize of $5,000, supported by SmartNews. Other prizes went to THE CITY for “Missing Them,” a crowdsourced project which was created to memorialize New Yorkers who lost their lives to Covid-19; El Tímpano for their Covid-19 coverage in Oakland and Anchorage Daily News together with ProPublica for their project “Unheard” focusing on sexual violence in Alaska. The Online Journalism Awards is a once-a-year ceremony platforming innovative journalism from digital publications worldwide. See the full list of winners from this year’s OJAs. 

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