Online Journalism Awards

The Online Journalism Awards (OJAs), launched in May 2000, are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism around the world.

Submission dates and information for 2016 OJAs entries will be posted shortly. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when the 2016 submission period opens.

See the complete list of 2015 award winners, who were announced Sept. 26 at the 2015 conference in Los Angeles. The deadline for submissions for the 2015 OJAs was June 5, 2015.


The OJAs recognize major media, international and independent sites and individuals producing innovative work in multimedia storytelling. The OJA Committee and judges place special emphasis on entries that demonstrate mastery of the special characteristics and emerging technology of digital journalism.

Ten of the awards now come with $57,500 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gannett Foundation, and the University of Florida. These awards honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation and general excellence.

The finalists and winners are selected through a two-step process. First, industry-leading journalists and new media professionals screen the awards to determine semi-finalists. In August, a panel of judges convene to select winners.

Honorees will be announced on the final night of ONA16, the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, Sept. 15-17, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.