2011 Online Journalism Awards Finalists Announced

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(businesspress24) - WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 08/31/11 -- Finalists for the 2011 Online Journalism Awards, many pushing the envelope of innovation and excellence in digital storytelling and distribution, were announced today by the Online News Association and its academic partner, the School of Communication at the University of Miami.

A group of 34 industry-leading journalists and new media professionals teamed up to review entrants and select finalists. Twelve of those judges, representing a diverse cross-section of the industry, met at the university's Coral Gables, Fla., campus and eight more conferred internationally to determine winners from independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites.

Launched in 2000, the OJAs are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism. This year's award results will be announced at the 2011 ONA and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston.

This year, ONA introduced changes to acknowledge the explosion of journalistic innovation on new digital platforms. Entries for all awards were open to news produced for any digital device. Eight awards come with a total of $33,000 in prize money, courtesy of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, which also is supporting innovative investigative work with two $2,500 awards.

"We found that excellence in digital journalism today requires not only traditional shoe-leather reporting and engaging storytelling, but also sophisticated use of social tools and multimedia techniques," said Anthony Moor, Managing Editor, Local at Yahoo!, who, along with the Associated Press' Director of Global Product Operations Ruth Gersh, co-chairs the Online Journalism Awards Committee.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

No finalists selected in either category

No finalists selected

The judges of this year's awards were:

Rosental C. Alves, Director, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of Texas

Chris Anderson, Assistant Professor of Media Culture, College of Staten Island

Rich Beckman, Professor John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami School of Communication

Paul Brannan, Senior Program Editor, Independent Television News (ITN)

Paul Bucci, Deputy Managing Editor Digital, The Vancouver Sun/Vancouversun.com

Jeanne Carstensen, Managing Editor, Bay Citizen

Ron Coddington, AME Visuals, Chronicle of Higher Education

Joshua Hatch, Online Content Manager, Sunlight Live

Vera H-C Chan, Senior Editor Special Projects, Yahoo!

Burt Herman, Founder, Hacks/Hackers, and CEO and Co-Founder, Storify

Johanna Hoadley, Senior Project Manager and Social Media Product Manager, SFGate.com

Elise Hu, Editorial Coordinator Digital, NPR

Rich Jaroslovsky, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg News/Businessweek

Mark Katches, Editorial Director, Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch

Gary Kebbel, Dean, College of Journalism and Mass Communications University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Katie King, Senior Product Manager, Portal and Partnerships, MSN UK

Vadim Lavrusik, Journalist Program Manager, Facebook, and Adjunct Professor in Social Media, Columbia University

Tetyana Lokot, Head of New Media Sequence, Mohyla School of Journalism, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Jacqui Maher, Senior Developer, The New York Times

Julie Moos, Director, Poynter Online and Poynter Publications

Shazna Nessa, Director Interactive, Associated Press

Michelle Nicolosi, Executive Producer,

Angela Pimenta, Exame

Ju-Don Roberts, Vice President and Editor in Chief, Revolution Health

Eric Scherer, Director of Future Media, France Televisions

Dan Sinker, Project Lead, Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership

Brian Storm, Founder and Executive Producer, MediaStorm

Mario Tedeschini-Lalli, Content Editor, Kataweb.it, Gruppo Editoriale L'Espresso

Matt Thompson, Editorial Product Manager, Project Argo / National Public Radio

Ryan Thornburg, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina

Wendy Warren, Vice President and Editor, Philly.com

Lisa Williams, CEO and Founder, Placeblogger.com

Nick Wrenn, Vice President of Digital Services, CNN International

Chrys Wu, User Engagement Strategist, Matchstrike LLC

Judges were recused from discussing categories in which their own organizations were entered.

OJA judging is accomplished in partnership with the University of Miami's School of Communication, which utilized its state-of-the-art resources to facilitate the judging process. Under Rich Beckman's direction, the school will highlight the work of winners during the awards presentation and continue to share best practices throughout the industry.

is the world's largest association of online journalists. ONA's mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, technologists, photographers, academics, students and others who produce and distribute news for digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual and administers the Online Journalism Awards.

prepares analytical and responsible communication professionals for success in a global society. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, visual journalism, communication studies and motion pictures. The School's state of the art, all-digital facilities and resources are among the most advanced in the country. Approximately 1,500 students are enrolled.

promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of the U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Since 1950 the foundation has granted more than $400 million to advance journalism quality and freedom of expression. Knight Foundation focuses on ideas and projects that create transformational change.

is a corporate foundation sponsored by Gannett Co., Inc. whose mission is to invest in the future of the communities in which Gannett does business, and in the future of our industry. It supports projects that take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.

For more information, contact:


Jane McDonnell
Executive Director
646-290-7900



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