Some categories for the 2014 Online Journalism Awards are broken out by size, as determined by the total number of the organization’s employees. If an entry was produced with external resources — contractors, freelancers, etc. — that number must be included when determining size.
Small: For an entrant to be considered “small,” the organization must have 50 or fewer employees.
Medium: For an entrant to be considered “medium,” the organization must have between 51 and 250 employees.
Large: For an entrant to be considered “large,” the organization must have more than 250 employees.
A note about freelancers and contractors: If an entry is the product of work with contractors or freelancers, include the entire staff of the contracting entity when determining the staff size of your organization.
A note about partnerships: If an entry is the product of a partnership of two or more organizations, enter into the size category corresponding to the combined staffs of the partner organizations.
A note about subsidiaries: Many media outlets are part of larger organizations. To determine the proper size for your entry, consider the following: if your organization is wholly independent and receives no technological, editorial, or financial support from your parent organization, then you may be eligible to enter into a smaller size category. However, if your organization receives material technological, editorial or financial support from the larger entity, you may need to enter the larger organization category.
When making your submission, you will be required to include a statement explaining why you believe your entry belongs in the selected category. ONA judges have the final say as to whether your entry was entered in the proper size category. Entries determined to be mis-entered may be excluded from consideration.
Entries must be submitted through the online awards site. To enter, fill out entry forms for each entry across all categories. Then pay for the total number of awards entries. Entry fees are listed above.
TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD ELIGIBILITY
For the Technical Innovation award, any company, journalistic in focus or not, may enter a digital tool it created which, in the organization’s estimation, significantly enhances the practice of online journalism. The publication date restrictions for this award refer to the date of the initial release or substantial upgrade to this product. Judges will weigh the breadth and timeliness of an entrant’s impact on the journalistic community.
Review all entry requirements for each category before submitting an entry. Requirements vary depending on the category. Basic requirements include a URL where the entry is live and a username and password if the entry requires a subscription or registration. Requirements can be found on the categories page.
If an entry exists on a platform that is not available via a desktop computer, such as a smartphone or tablet application, entrants should provide a URL to a marketplace page where the application can be downloaded free of charge. If applicants are submitting entries that requires installation of an app or some other technical requirement beyond the typical browser, please note that in your entry.
If submitting multiple entries (either in the same category or across multiple categories), fill out entry forms for each entry, then make one purchase for all of the entries you submitted. You may enter the same item into more than one category, if you choose.
Entries can be saved and edited at a later date, but corrections cannot be made to entries after submitting. Please verify that all the information in your entry is correct before submitting.