DEADLINE: Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards

Event Date: 
June 10, 2021

This annual awards competition, administered by the Online News Association (ONA), honors excellence in digital journalism from around the world. In all categories, judges will give weight to the quality of the journalism, digital innovation and the impact of the projects.

The 2021 OJAs feature 45 awards, including four new or updated categories:

  • Topical Reporting: Pandemic Coverage: This award honors journalism—either a single story or a portfolio—that focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses aspects such as science, public health, policy, lifestyle and economic impact.
  • Excellence in Social Justice Reporting: Entries in this category highlight systemic inequities encountered by historically marginalized communities, and may include coverage of social movements, racial justice, migration, access to education, voting rights and more.
  • Student Journalism Award: This award reimagines recognition for student work with two subcategories: Student Portfolio and Student Team Portfolio. Honorees will demonstrate excellence in using digital storytelling and technologies to inform audiences across a breadth of topics and issues.
  • Breaking News: This award has been streamlined with two subcategories for newsroom size: Small/Medium and Large. It previously included separate subcategories for Small, Medium and Large newsrooms.

This year's OJAs also include five awards with a total of $40,000 in prize money: general excellence, engaged journalism, immersive storytelling, public service and climate change reporting. Open to work published between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021. Deadline: Jun 10, 2021.

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