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Category Changes

Each year, the Online Journalism Award committee reassesses the categories offered and provides revisions, if deemed necessary. Below is a log of the changes made since 2016.


General updates

2017 — Entries are allowed to be entered in two categories. Students may only submit to the Student Journalism Category.

General Excellence

2018 — The subcategory Micro newsroom was added

Breaking News

2018 — Entries must now be published within 36 hours of the event

Digital Video Storytelling

2019 — This award was originally called Online Video Journalism and was offered from 2008–2011. Between 2011 and 2019, video entries were often submitted to Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling.

Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling

2019 — The subcategories were changed from small, medium and large to ongoing series, limited series and use of audio storytelling.

2017 — This category was added to the program.

Excellence in Collaborations and Partnerships
2018 — This award was added to the program

Excellence in Engaged Journalism
2019 — This award was added to the program with two sub-categories: project and portfolio

Excellence in Immersive Storytelling
2017 — This category was added to the program

Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling
2019 — The description was changed to de-emphasize video.

Explanatory Reporting
2018 — The description was refined.

Feature
2018 — The description was refined.

Online Commentary
2016 — Went from three size tiers to one.

Planned News
2018 — This category were removed from the program.

Sports
2017 — Went from three subcategories (small, medium and large) to two (small/medium and large).

Topical Reporting
2018 — This category were removed from the program.