The Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), launched in May 2000, are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world.
The 2021 Online Journalism Awards open on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Submissions close on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm EDT (3:59 am UTC). We will announce finalists in September and winners at a special event later in 2021.
May 5, 2021 – Submissions Open
June 10, 2021 – Submission Deadline
September 2021 – OJA Finalists Announced
October/November 2021 – OJA Winners Announced
The OJAs recognize major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in digital storytelling. The OJA Committee and judges place special emphasis on entries that demonstrate mastery of the special characteristics and emerging technology of digital journalism.
Five of the awards come with $40,000 in prize money, courtesy of SmartNews, Journalism 360, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Agora Journalism Center, and McKinsey Publishing. These awards honor general excellence in online journalism, immersive storytelling, public service, climate change reporting and community engagement.
The finalists and winners are selected through a two-step process. First, industry-leading journalists and digital media professionals screen the awards to determine semi-finalists. In August, a panel of judges convene to select winners. Apply to volunteer as an OJA screener.
We will announce and honor winners at a special event later in 2021.