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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 2018 Online Journalism Awards open on May 8. Submissions closed on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Join us for the awards ceremony on Sept. 15 in Austin, TX, to close the ONA18 conference. Get your registration and/or ceremony ticket here.

May 8, 2018 – Submissions Open
June 7, 2018 – Submission Deadline, 11:59 P.M., EST
Mid-August, 2018 – OJA Finalists Announced
September 13-15, 2018 – Online News Association Conference
September 15, 2018 – OJA Awards Dinner (Winners announced!)

Entry Fees
New in 2018: The Micro Newsroom size category for General Excellence is free to enter, thanks to support from the Democracy Fund.
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. The Democracy Fund will sponsor all General Excellence Micro newsroom applicant fees. 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 ONA18, the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, Sept. 13-15, at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.