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Online Journalism Awards Entry Deadline A Week Away

It’s that time of year again! Seven days remain to enter for the Online News Association’s 2012 OJAs, the “premiere awards” for online journalism. The deadline for entry is June 21.

This year, there are changes to the awards categories, expectations, partnerships and metrics in order to keep up with a rapidly-changing industry. Via ONA:

“Since its inception in 2000, the OJAs have recognized major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in multimedia storytelling,” said Joshua Hatch, OJA chair. “Over that time, we’ve witnessed incredible innovation in the tools and techniques journalists have used to tell their stories. Not only are journalists publishing content on the web, but they’re making interactive applications, mobile apps, tools and more. We need to make sure the awards reflect that innovation.”

This year’s award categories are:

  • Knight Award for Public Service
  • General Excellence in Online Journalism
  • Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Journalism
  • Breaking news
  • Planned news/events
  • Explanatory reporting
  • Topical reporting
  • Online commentary
  • Feature
  • Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism
  • Non-English projects

Winners will be announced Sept. 22 at the annual ONA conference, held this year in San Francisco. Apply here.

 

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