The Online News Association announced the 2009 finalists for their Online Journalism Awards. The Women.Children.Crisis Pulitzer Gateway is a finalist in the category of Multimedia Feature Presentation (small site).
Finalists for the 2009 Online Journalism Awards, many pushing the envelope of innovation in digital storytelling and information sharing, were announced today by the Online News Association and its partner, the School of Communication at the University of Miami.
A team of 12 journalists representing a diverse cross-section of the industry met Aug. 27 and 28 at the university's Coral Gables, Fla., campus to select the finalists, which range from independent and nonprofit news and community sites to major media and international organizations. The winners will be announced at the 2009 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Hilton San Francisco.
"We were regularly awed, inspired and delighted by the quality and innovation evident online today," said Anthony Moor, Deputy Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News, who, along with AP Digital's Director of Online Services Ruth Gersh, co-chairs the Online Journalism Awards Committee.
This year, changes were introduced to acknowledge the important role of emerging technology, the influence of the independent digital journalist and the growth of community reporting efforts. Six awards now come with a total of $30,000 in prize money, courtesy of the Gannett Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the General Excellence in Online Journalism Award was expanded to include "micro sites."