The Online Journalism Awards (OJAs) are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world. Since 2000, the OJAs have recognized more than 2,000 finalists and over 600 winners. The award categories have evolved from year to year to reflect changes in journalism, and ultimately surface some of the best projects and accomplishments of individuals and teams.
Great journalism adds value to communities, colleagues and the broader field. Recognition through the OJAs brings a bigger audience to the work, positive public awareness of journalism’s collective impact and a spotlight on the importance of press freedom.
Here are five reasons to participate in the OJAs.
Your peers pour creativity, passion and diligence into producing high-caliber digital journalism. The OJAs provide an international platform to amplify their vision and hard work. Finalists and winners are recognized through multiple channels, including:
The OJAs highlight outstanding work produced around the world by major international outlets, independent journalists and newsrooms of varied sizes in between — and we often honor individuals and teams overlooked by more traditional awards. Showing your employees and potential recruits that their work is valued and recognized on a global scale boosts team morale and can help create a positive work culture. Check out news outlets like Grist, El Tímpano, The Globe and Mail, ProPublica, THE CITY and The Marshall Project.
We’re proud to partner with organizations who care about great journalism and want to support that work directly. In 2022, the OJAs will award a total of $57,000 to 13 winners across 6 categories.
Preparing an awards entry requires careful reflection. Investing this time to review your work helps to surface and articulate areas of expertise, how successful projects come together and the biggest impact. This retrospective also helps build a portfolio that can be used beyond the awards season.
Here are just a few of the opportunities to use a thoughtful, organized portfolio:
Pro Tip: Create a folder to drop in work throughout the year that you might consider submitting for an OJA. When awards season arrives, you already have the notes.
We are excited to create more opportunities for OJA submitters to find inspiration, community and learning. Here are just a few ways you can get involved after submitting your work to the OJAs:
In 2022, we will recognize 56 winners across 23 categories. We look forward to hearing about your proudest work.