Last Saturday, we finally met the winners of the 2014 Online Journalism Awards (OJA). The announcement was made during the 2014 ONA Banquet at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, closing another successful edition of the Online News Association annual conference.
We posted a special round up with our favorite interactive visualizations and projects that were competing in the final round, a couple of weeks ago. A group of 60 industry-leading journalists and new media professionals, led by ONA Board member and OJA Chair Joshua Hatch, teamed up to screen entrants and select those finalists, and then, 12 judges, representing a diverse cross-section of the industry, conferred to determine winners from independent, community, nonprofit, major media, start-up and international news sites.
So, who won? The Seattle Times and Calgary Herald dominated the Breaking News categories with respective coverage of a local landslide and floods in Alberta. The two newest OJA categories, the $7,500 University of Florida Awards in Investigative Data Journalism, were won by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s examination of screening programs for newborns with rare diseases and MPR News for the cover-up of sexual abuse within the Catholic church.
Each winner of the three General Excellence Awards — The Los Angeles Times, ProPublica and the Center for Public Integrity — took home a $3,000 prize, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation. The Knight Award for Public Service, with a $5,000 prize from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, went to The Miami Herald’s I-Team investigation into Florida’s lack of protection for abused children.
We leave you now with the some of the winning entries, and check out the full list here.
Click through the images to access the interactive versions.
Oso Landslide | The Seattle Times
Innocents Lost | Miami Herald
Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt | NPR
Thin Ice: Exploring Mount Hood’s Secret World | Oregon Public Broadcasting
Hollow | Hollow Interactive
Sea Change: The Pacific’s perilous turn | The Seattle Times
Segregation Now | ProPublica
Breaking the Silence | The Baltimore Sun
Rebuilding Haiti | The Pixel Hunt, The European Journalism Centre, Rue89
World Chess Championship 2013 | VG
Newton, one year after | MotherJones
31 Days, 31 Ways | Texas Tribune
News 21: Back Home | Carnegie-Knight News21, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University
Return to Elwha | University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
What is Home? | University of Miami
Fugitives Next Door | USA Today
Overdose: Use Only as Directed | ProPublica
Paying Till It Hurts | The New York Times
ProPublica’s Health Care Coverage | ProPublica
Deadly delays | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Congratulations to all the winners, participants, organization and everyone else supporting the 2014 ONA, and like we said before, we hope to see some of the conference materials available soon – looks like the keynotes were very interesting (#ona2014 on Twitter).