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 on May 5. Submissions close on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Finalists and winners will be recognized during an awards ceremony in the Fall.
May 5, 2020 – Submissions Open
June 11, 2020 – Submission Deadline
August 2020 – OJA Finalists Announced
Fall 2020 – OJA Winners Honored
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.
Six of the awards come with $36,000 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, McKinsey and Company, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s Agora Journalism Center, and the University of Florida. These awards honor data journalism, investigative journalism, 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.
We will celebrate winners during the 2020 Online Journalism Awards in the fall.