WASHINGTON, D.C. — Finalists for the 2018 Online Journalism Awards, representing a wide range of local and international media, nonprofit, public, academic and emerging technology organizations, were announced today by the Online News Association.
Thirteen of the awards come with $58,500 in prize money, courtesy of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Journalism 360. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, immersive storytelling, public service, technical innovation, student journalism and general excellence.
This year’s awards introduced a new category for Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships, honoring newsrooms and companies who formed innovative partnerships or collaborations to cover a topic or story with a digital focus. In addition, the General Excellence category now has a micro size group for newsrooms with 15 or fewer employees, thanks to the support of the Democracy Fund.
A special selection committee also granted the James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting to photojournalist Nicole Tung. She is the fourth recipient of the award, which honors journalists reporting under the most challenging conditions. Tung has covered social and conflict-related issues in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, including the conflicts in Libya and Syria, violence against women in Turkey and the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
“The selection committee was impressed by the power and variety of imagery Nicole has captured in conflict zones on multiple continents, and by her consistent focus on the humanity of her subjects,” said Eric Carvin, Social Media Editor at The Associated Press and chair of the selection committee. “Importantly, she’s also been deeply involved in advocating for freelancer rights and safety, and has skillfully used her social presence to both bring attention to those issues and showcase her powerful visual journalism. Nicole knew Jim Foley well, and has been committed to carrying his legacy forward. We’re proud and humbled to celebrate her stunning work, as well as her dedication to the well-being of journalists toiling under the most challenging of circumstances.”
The 2018 winners — including winners of the Rich Jaroslovsky Founder Award and the new ONA Community Award — will be announced at the Online News Association Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 15, in Austin, Texas.
A group of 132 industry-leading journalists and new media professionals teamed up to screen 1,138 entries and select semi-finalists. More than 25 judges representing a diverse cross-section of the industry then conferred to determine finalists and winners.
The finalists are:
Breaking News, Small Newsroom
Breaking News, Medium Newsroom
Breaking News, Large Newsroom
Explanatory Reporting, Small Newsroom
Explanatory Reporting, Medium Newsroom
Explanatory Reporting, Large Newsroom
Sports, Small/Medium Newsroom
Sports, Large Newsroom
Feature, Small Newsroom
Feature, Medium Newsroom
Feature, Large Newsroom
The David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award, Small Newsroom
The David Teeuwen Student Journalism Award, Large Newsroom
Pro-Am Student Award
The University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism, Small/Medium Newsroom
The University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism, Large Newsroom
Excellence in Immersive Storytelling
Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Small Newsroom
Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Medium/Large Newsroom
Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Small Newsroom
Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Medium Newsroom
Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Large Newsroom
Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships
Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism
The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Small Newsroom
The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Medium Newsroom
The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Large Newsroom
Knight Award for Public Service
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Micro Newsroom
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small Newsroom
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Medium Newsroom
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Large Newsroom
The judges for finalists were:
Laura Amico, Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review
Heather Bryant, Founder, Project Facet
Audrey Cerdan, New Formats Editor, L’Obs
Florencia Coehlo, New Media Research & Trainer, LA NACION
Eva Constantaras, Data Journalist, Data Nomads LLC
Meghann Farnsworth, Director of Social Media, WIRED
Tiffany Fehr, Assistant Editor, Interactive Desk, The New York Times
Kim Fox, Managing Editor, Audience, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ann Grimes, Associate Director, Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Stanford University School of Engineering
Robert Hernandez, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg
Rafael Höhr, News Graphic Editor, Prodigioso Volcán
Rich Jaroslovsky, Vice President for Content & Chief Journalist, SmartNews
S. Mitra Kalita, Senior Vice President, News, Opinion & Programming, CNN Digital
Damon Kiesow, Knight Chair in Digital Editing and Producing, Missouri School of Journalism
Celeste LeCompte, Vice President, Business Development, ProPublica
Marian Liu, Communications Manager, JL Audio, Freelancer, CNN Diversity Fellow
Jacqui Maher, Freelance Journalist, Australia
Nathalie Malinarich, Editor, Mobile & New Formats, BBC Mobile and Online
Rebekah Monson, Co-founder and COO, WhereBy.Us
Kate Myers, Executive Director, Revenue and Operations, First Look Media
Núria Net, Managing Editor, Radio Gladys Palmera
Angela Pacienza, Head of Experience, The Globe and Mail
Miguel Paz, Professor, CUNY Journalism School; Founder of Poderopedia
Eliana Vaca, Dataviz Trainer and Creative Director, Chicas Poderosas
Hannah Wise, Engagement Editor, The Dallas Morning News
Anita Zielina, Digital Media Strategy
* Judges were recused from discussing categories in which their own organizations were entered.
Launched in 2000, the OJAs are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism.
The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of online journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, technologists, photographers, academics, students and others who produce and distribute news for digital delivery systems. ONA hosts the annual Online News Association annual conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.
About Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.
About the Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. whose mission is to invest in the future of the communities in which Gannett does business, and in the future of our industry. It supports projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.
About the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is driving innovation and engagement across the disciplines of advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunication. The strength of its programs, faculty, students and alumni — in research and in practice — has earned the college ongoing recognition as one of the best in the nation among its peers. The college offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and certificates, both online and on campus. The college’s strength is drawn from both academic rigor and experiential learning. The college includes seven broadcast and digital media properties and the nation’s only chair in public interest communications.
About Journalism 360
Journalism 360 is a global network of storytellers accelerating the understanding and production of immersive journalism. Our mission is to help news organizations, journalists, technologists, content creators and journalism educators experiment with all forms of immersive storytelling, including but not limited to 360 video, augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality. Its founding partners are the Knight Foundation, Google News Initiative and the Online News Association.
About Democracy Fund
The Democracy Fund invests in social entrepreneurs working to ensure that our political system is responsive to the public and able to meet the greatest challenges facing our nation. To learn more visit DemocracyFund.org.