In it’s call for submissions today, the Online News Association added new categories that recognize some of the biggest areas of digital journalism growth since the awards were first launched in 2000.
Of particular note, the ONA will award new prizes for investigative data journalism and visual digital storytelling. Among other changes, the new Online Journalism Awards categories include:
The University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism — This award, made possible by the estate of Lorraine Dingman, honors work that best features and presents data journalism on digital and mobile platforms. The award will focus on the effectiveness of the data to tell a story, how well the data are presented to users, the journalistic impact and relevance of the data, and the design and functionality of the data presentation. Judges will also take into account the difficulty in acquiring the data. Winners will be asked travel to the University of Florida (expenses paid) to lead full-day workshops.