General Excellence in Online Journalism
This category, supported by the Gannett Foundation, honors a digitally focused news organization that successfully fulfills its editorial mission, effectively serves its audience, maximizes the use of digital tools and platforms and represents the highest journalistic standards. Entries will be judged on quality of journalism, a superb user experience and the use of social tools and other digital media to reach, inform and engage audiences. Each winner is awarded $5,000 in prize money. New in 2018, Democracy Fund will be supporting the Micro Newsroom size category, meaning there will be no application fee. The winner of this size will not receive prize money, however.