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  • 2021 Online Journalism Awards Now Open

    Submit your best work to the 2021 Online Journalism Awards. Submission deadline is June 10.

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This year the Online Journalism Awards feature 45 awards, including 5 with a total of $40,000 in prize money.

These prizes are made possible by SmartNews, Journalism 360, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication and McKinsey Publishing. Their awards honor general excellence, engaged journalism, immersive storytelling, public service and climate change reporting.

Submissions are open for the 2021 Online Journalism Awards

May 5, 2021 | Online Journalism Awards

The Online News Association (ONA) announced today the call for entries for the 2021 Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), celebrating the best in digital journalism from around the world. In all categories, judges will give weight to the quality of the journalism, digital ... Read More

When to watch the 2020 Online Journalism Awards winner announcements

October 8, 2020 | Online Journalism Awards

The 2020 Online Journalism Awards represent the best in digital journalism from the past year. Looking through the finalist projects is like digging through a gold mine of inspiring journalism—you’ll find everything from collaborative investigations that involved reporters around the ... Read More

Q&A with the OJA20 Excellence in Immersive Storytelling Finalists

October 8, 2020 | Online Journalism Awards

Now in its 21st year, the Online Journalism Awards’ Excellence in Immersive Storytelling category has a wide collection of innovative stories competing for the “Nerd Knife,” a.k.a. the shiny glass trophy.

The diverse finalists projects include pieces on air pollution, ... Read More

Nearly 500 Recipients in the Past 20 Years

Recent General Excellence winners include The Wall Street Journal, ProPublica, Honolulu Civil Beat, The Pudding, The Washington Post and The Marshall Project.

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Watch the 2019 Ceremony

Join emcee Sam Sanders, host of NPR’s It’s Been a Minute, as he presented last year’s Online Journalism Awards.

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