Award
THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

Accepts entries starting May 1, 2015
Entry Deadline June 12, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

This award recognizes digital journalism that performs a public service for a defined and specific geographic community through compelling coverage of a vital community issue or event. Entries will be judged on their use of new media techniques to gather, compile, analyze and/or present information vital to the story. They also will be judged on their use of varied digital and mobile techniques and resources to engage the community by reporting on the issue or event in question. Journalism that makes a difference and motivates people to act to improve the place in which they live will be emphasized. The impact of the coverage on the community will be a major factor in the judging. Entries may be a single package or continuing project and may consist of one main URL and up to five supporting URLs. Evidence of the project’s public service impact should be provided either as one of the supporting URLs or in the entry description.

Keep in mind two important truths: 

1. Superior journalism
2. Dedication to maximizing the power of digital platforms.

Additionally, the judges will be asking these questions:
• “What impact did this story have?”
• “How does this entry really take advantage of the web?”
• “Would this piece be any different if it appeared solely in print?”

Lastly, keep in mind that the more you can help judges better understand how your stories best embrace the fundamentals of great journalism — impact, relevance, newsworthiness — and do so by best leveraging the power of digital platforms, the better chance you have of winning an award.

Notable Winners

2013
The Boston Globe: "68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope"

2012:
HOMICIDE WATCH D.C.

Jury

Judges are a group of distinguished online journalists from around the world. Winners are determined by two rounds of judging. A first round of judges will narrow down the entries to a group of semi-finalists. Then a second group of judges will meet online to select the finalists and winners.

Monetary/Material Award Details

$5,000

Eligibility Requirements

The Online Journalism Awards are open to websites, areas of websites and all digital platforms, including smart phones, e-readers and tablets, where journalists have originated the content or selected and amplified it. Search services, portal sites and wire services may submit content they created that fits the eligibility requirements. Individuals and organizations may enter the contest. Online retailers and advertising sites are not eligible.

The 2014 Online Journalism Awards are open to work published in any language worldwide between June 16, 2013, and June 15, 2014. Entries must be available online for one year from date of submission.

Entry Fee Details

Entry fees are $175 per entry for non-members or $100 per entry for ONA members. Entry fees for students are $50 per entry for non-members or $15 per entry for ONA members. If you’d like to become an ONA member, join here.

HOW TO PAY

In order to receive the member rate, sign in with your ONA membership account on theawards site. Otherwise, create an account on the awards site to submit an entry at the non-member rate.

Payment should be made online by credit card. If you are unable to pay by credit card, you may pay by check or money order, after contacting [email protected] to arrange payment and for us to mark your online entry as complete.

Checks should be made payable to the Online News Association. Mail the check to:

Online News Association
1111 North Capitol Street NE, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC, 20002
ATTN: Online Journalism Awards

Required Material

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.

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.

Entry Format

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 below.

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.

REQUIREMENTS

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.

MULTIPLE ENTRIES

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.

EDITING ENTRIES

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.

Contact Information

Entry Links

Entry URL
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