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About the Online Journalism Awards

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.

In 2022, six of the awards come with $57,000 in prize money, courtesy of SmartNews, The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, 3M, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Agora Journalism Center, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and McKinsey Publishing. These awards honor general excellence in online journalism, investigative data journalism, science reporting, community-centered journalism, public service and climate change.

The 2022 Online Journalism Awards open on Thursday, May 5. Submissions close on Thursday, June 9 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (3:59 a.m. UTC). Finalists will be announced in late August and winners will be announced in September. Winners will be honored during the Online Journalism Awards banquet at ONA22 on September 24 in Los Angeles. 

May 5, 2022 – Submissions Open
June 9, 2022 – Submission Deadline
Late August 2022 – OJA Finalists Announced
September 2022 – OJA Winners Announced

Submit Your Entries

ONA members support our mission throughout the year and receive a discount on OJA entry fees. Become an ONA member today.

Entry Fees
ONA members $125/entry
Non-members $200/entry
Micro Newsroom (ONA members and non-members) $50/entry
Student members $15/entry
Student non-members $30/entry

How we select finalists and winners

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

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. Second, panels of judges, composed of senior-level journalism professionals, convene in August to select the finalists and winners.

Applications to serve as a 2022 OJA screener are open May 5 June 9.

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Learn more about the OJAs

Rules and Eligibility See the Categories

 

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