ONA Adds Categories for Data, Visual Digital Storytelling To Online Journalism Awards

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.

Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling Award: This award honors exceptional and innovative efforts in telling stories through visual means: photos, graphics, illustrations, video, etc. Judges will consider the quality and impact of the visuals, the selection of media, and the effectiveness of the visuals. Furthermore, judges will give special attention to the originality, innovation and creativity being brought to bear to tell stories that are truly of digital and mobile platforms.

See the full list of categories here. Other awards for other categories also have been updated or even upgraded to larger pots of money, thanks to backing from various groups.

Thinking about entering? Here’s the fine print: The awards are open to work published from June 16, 2013, to June 15, 2014. But the deadline is actually June 13. Winners will be announced at the ONA conference in Chicago in September. See more on the rules and eligibility, especially since they’ve updated some of the sizing/industry cutoffs for entries. They’re awarding $52,500 this year! We can’t wait to see and share the inspirational award winners in September.

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