2012 Online Journalism Award Winners Announced at ONA12
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Sep 24, 2012—Frontline, ProPublica, NYTimes.com, France's Rue 89, Storify and Homicide Watch were among the news and technology organizations that took top honors Saturday night at the 2012 Online Journalism Awards Banquet, which ended the Online News Association Conference.
California Watch, the Tampa Bay Times and StateImpact Florida each won $2,500 and the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism at the 13th annual awards dinner, sponsored by NBC News Digital. Entries for all awards were open to news produced for any digital device.
Each winner of the six General Excellence Awards took home a $3,000 prize, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation. The Knight Award for Public Service, which went to the start-up Homicide Watch D.C., comes with a $5,000 prize from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The winners in the Breaking News categories were WNYC for its coverage of Hurricane Irene and the Los Angeles Times for Occupy L.A.
Launched in 2000, the OJAs are administered by the Online News Association, now in partnership with the University of Miami's School of Communication, and are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites.
Here are the winners in each category, with links to their winning entries:
Knight Award for Public Service
Homicide Watch D.C.
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Medium
General Excellence in Online Journalism, Large
General Excellence, Non-English, Small/Medium
Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism
Breaking News, Small
No finalist, no winner
Breaking News, Medium
Hurricane Irene Threatens New York City, WNYC
Breaking News, Large
Occupy L.A., Los Angeles Times
Planned News/Events, Small
Congressional Primaries 2012, Knight News Innovation Laboratory, Northwestern University