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Celebrating the 2021 OJA winners

Honorees include excellence in newsletters, collaboration and partnerships, pandemic coverage, audio digital storytelling and 17 more categories

Explore all the 2021 winners and finalists

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.

Behind the projects: Lightning chats with finalists for the 2021 Gather Award in Engaged Journalism

November 29, 2021 | Karolle Rabarison

Since 2019, the Gather Award in Engaged Journalism has honored inspiring people and journalism projects that center communities’ information needs and voices in the reporting process. This first-of-its-kind award was established as part of the annual Online Journalism Awards showcase thanks to ... Read More

Celebrating winners in the 2021 Online Journalism Awards

October 15, 2021 | Karolle Rabarison

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 15, 2021 — Inspiring journalism projects covering climate change, Himalaya’s ghost cats, political crisis in Hong Kong and the U.S. public health system were among the finalists and winners honored Oct. 15 in the 2021 Online Journalism Awards—the annual ... Read More

ONA announces new Impact Award for trailblazers in digital journalism

October 5, 2021 | Karolle Rabarison

We are delighted to introduce a new honor to the Online Journalism Awards, the Online News Association’s annual showcase of the best work and most inspiring people in digital journalism. The Impact Award honors a trailblazing individual whose work in 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

Watch the announcement of winners in six categories, recorded in Philadelphia, PA on Oct. 15.

Watch the Ceremony