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Learn 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.

The 2020 Online Journalism Awards open early April. Submissions close early May. Finalists and winners will be recognized at the awards ceremony on October 3 in Atlanta, Georgia, to close the ONA20 conference. Tickets to the ceremony will be available mid-April, along with ONA20 registration.

April 2020– Submissions Open
May 2020– Submission Deadline
August, 2020 – OJA Finalists Announced
September 30 – October 3, 2020 – Online News Association Conference
October 3, 2020 – 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 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.

Fifteen of the awards now come with $63,500 in prize money, courtesy of the Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, Journalism 360, the University of Florida and Agora Journalism Center. 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 digital media professionals screen the awards to determine semi-finalists. In July, a panel of judges convene to select winners.

We will celebrate winners will on the final night of ONA20, the Online News Association Conference and Awards Ceremony, September 30 – October 2, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia.