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2021 Online Journalism Awards

These are the finalists of the 2021 Online Journalism Awards

The Online News Association (ONA) announced the 137 finalists for this year’s Online Journalism Awards (OJA), including some top publishers like The New York Times, The Washington Post and Vice Media, but also smaller newsrooms like MARCA, Grist and Block Club Chicago. Winners will be announced on the 15th of October.

In 2021, the OJAs feature 45 prizes across 21 categories. ONA’s Awards and Recognition Committee introduced two new categories and additional changes to reimagine or update existing ones based on community feedback and changes in the industry:

  • Topical Reporting: Pandemic Coverage: This new award honors a single story or a portfolio that focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses aspects such as science, public health, policy, lifestyle and economic impact.
  • Excellence in Social Justice Reporting: This new award honors journalism that highlights systemic inequities encountered by historically marginalized communities, including coverage of social movements, racial justice, migration, access to education, voting rights and more.
  • Student Journalism Award: This award reimagines recognition for student work with two subcategories: Student Portfolio and Student Team Portfolio.
  • Breaking News: This award has been streamlined with two subcategories for newsroom size: Small/Medium and Large. It previously included separate subcategories for Small, Medium and Large newsrooms.
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Five awards come with a total of $40,000 in prize money this year to honor general excellence, engaged journalism, immersive storytelling, public service and climate change reporting.

You can find the list of finalists here:



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