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 category, supported by the Gannett Foundation, honors a single story or a series of stories that uncover major news that advances and serves the public interest based on the reporters’ own investigations. Clear presentation through user interface and interactivity, creative use of the medium and platforms, including mobile, use of social tools and evidence of the impact of the publication will be considered. An entry will consist of a single piece, series or package on the same subject, including an explanation detailing the investigation’s impact. An entry may consist of up to three examples, including articles, blog posts, videos, graphics, podcasts, etc.

Tips for Winning:

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

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

Small - $4,000
Medium - $4,000
Large - $4,000

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

In order to receive the member rate, sign in with your ONA membership account on the awards 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.

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.

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

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Further Information http://journalists.org/awards/
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