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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 2017 Online Journalism Awards are now closed to entries. Submissions closed on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

May 8, 2017 – Submissions Open
June 8, 2017 – Submission Deadline
Mid August, 2017 – OJA Finalists Announced
October 5-7, 2017 – Online News Association Conference
October 7, 2017 – OJA Awards Dinner (Winners announced!)

Entry Fees
ONA members $100/entry
Non-members $175/entry
Student members $15/entry
Student non-members $50/entry

Learn more about the OJAs

Rules and Eligibility See the Categories


The OJAs recognize major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in multimedia storytelling. The OJA Committee and judges place special emphasis on entries that demonstrate mastery of the special characteristics and emerging technology of digital journalism.

Thirteen of the awards now come with $58,500 in prize money, courtesy of the Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, Journalism 360 and the University of Florida. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation and general excellence.

ONLINE NEWS ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE AT THE HYATT REGENCY DENVER ON SEPTEMBER 17, 2016, IN DENVER, COLORADO.

The finalists and winners are selected through a two-step process. First, industry-leading journalists and new media professionals screen the awards to determine semi-finalists. In August, a panel of judges convene to select winners.

Honorees will be announced on the final night of ONA17, the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, Oct. 5-7, at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C.