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  • 137 finalists announced in the 2021 OJAs

    Celebrating honors for excellence in newsletters, collaboration and partnerships, pandemic coverage, audio digital storytelling and 17 more categories

    Explore all the 2021 finalists
  • Watch the 2021 OJA Ceremony live!

    Join us Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET as we announce winners for the 2021 OJAs live from Philadelphia, PA!

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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.

Winners announced for the 2021 ONA Community Award, James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting and Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award

September 23, 2021 | Karolle Rabarison

The committees for the ONA Community Award, the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting and the Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award have selected the respective 2021 recipients. Part of the annual Online Journalism Awards showcase, these special awards recognize individuals or ... Read More

ONA announces 137 finalists in the 2021 Online Journalism Awards

September 8, 2021 | Online Journalism Awards

The Online News Association (ONA) is honored to share the finalists for the 2021 Online Journalism Awards (OJAs). Winners will be announced on Oct. 15.

In 2021, the Online Journalism Awards feature 45 prizes across 21 categories. ONA’s Awards and ... Read More

ONA members: Submit nominations for the 2021 ONA Community Award

July 14, 2021 | Online Journalism Awards

It’s one of our favorite times of the year: Nominations are now open for the 2021 ONA Community Award. Launched in 2018, this award honors an individual or a small team that has made an outsized contribution to digital journalism, ... Read More

The OJA special awards recognize outstanding leaders, projects, innovation and overall contributions to ONA and the journalism community

James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting

Honoring a digital journalist who produces excellent reporting under the most challenging conditions, covering war, corruption, crime, culture and politics in countries around the world.

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Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award

Honoring a senior-level individual who has made lasting contributions to the field of digital journalism through and who exhibits extraordinary commitment to the mission, value and vision of ONA.

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ONA Community Award

Honoring a person or small team that has made outsize contributions to the field, particularly those who create tools or work environments that allow digital journalists to do their best work.

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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 2021 Ceremony

Join the Online News Association via livestream as we announce the winners of the 2021 OJAs live from Philadelphia, PA on Oct. 15 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

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