Online Journalism Award Finalists

The 2022 Online Journalism Awards finalists:

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Large Newsroom

  • The Boston Globe
  • The Globe and Mail
  • The Washington Post

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Medium Newsroom

  • LAist
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Marshall Project
  • The Texas Tribune

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small Newsroom

  • The Markup
  • The San Francisco Standard
  • The Trace

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Micro Newsroom

  • Knowable Magazine
  • Mission Local
  • The Brazilian Report
  • The TRiiBE

3M Truth in Science Award, Large Newsroom

  • As the pandemic exploded, a researcher saw the danger. China’s leaders kept silent, The Washington Post
  • Black Snow: Big Sugar’s Burning Problem, Palm Beach Post, ProPublica
  • Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame, NPR
  • The Story of a Covid Wonder Drug, Gimlet

3M Truth in Science Award, Small/Medium Newsroom

  • Gaslit, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism ASU
  • How American conservatives turned against the vaccine, Vox Media
  • The Greenland Connection, The Post and Courier

Breaking News, Large Newsroom

  • Lytton, B.C., destroyed by wildfire, The Globe and Mail
  • Russia’s War On Ukraine, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Breaking News, Small/Medium Newsroom

  • Breaking News: Uvalde School Shooting, The Texas Tribune
  • Texas six-week abortion ban, The 19th
  • Texas Tornado Outbreak, KXAN

Digital Video Storytelling, Long Form, Large Newsroom

  • De-Escalate: The story of an intense protest on an Atlanta interstate, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Unlivable Oasis: A Family’s Housing Struggle on the Front Lines of the Climate Crisis, ProPublica

Digital Video Storytelling, Long Form, Small/Medium Newsroom

  • “Get Away from the Target”—Rescuing Migrants from the Libyan Coast Guard, The Outlaw Ocean Project
  • Greywater, The New Yorker
  • Pulled Over / Pulled Under, Reckon, AL.com

Digital Video Storytelling, Medium Form, Large Newsroom

  • The Healing Kitchen, South China Morning Post
  • Why Some White Evangelicals Are Rethinking Their Politics, ABC News, FiveThirtyEight

Digital Video Storytelling, Medium Form, Small/Medium Newsroom

  • A Feast for Lost Souls, The Atavist Magazine
  • Hitting a High Note: Core Values and Love of Music Inspire this Talented SF Family Band, The San Francisco Standard

Digital Video Storytelling, Series, Large Newsroom

  • In Real Life, Newsy, Scripps
  • Transnational, VICE World News

Digital Video Storytelling, Series, Small/Medium Newsroom

  • Extremism in America, Retro Report, The WNET Group
  • Proof of Concept, Grist

Digital Video Storytelling, Short Form, Small/Medium Newsroom

  • How the .001% Use Retirement Accounts as Tax-Free Piggy Banks, ProPublica

Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Large Newsroom

  • Gender and language, Reuters
  • Inaccessible Cities, AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera Digital
  • Inside the Apocalyptic Worldview of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight,’ The New York Times
  • Ukraine Crisis, Reuters

Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Medium Newsroom

  • Mapping where the earth will become uninhabitable, FUNKE Zentralredaktion – Interaktiv
  • Un(re)solved, FRONTLINE

Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling, Small Newsroom

  • For you, Portugal, I swear!, Divergente

Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Limited Series

  • Into the Depths, National Geographic
  • Say That Again?, The Christian Science Monitor
  • The Forgotten Revolutionary, Southern California Public Radio
  • Un(re)solved, FRONTLINE

Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Ongoing Series

  • Roe v. Wade, The Washington Post
  • The Daily: The Fall of Afghanistan, The New York Times
  • The Facebook Files Podcasts, The Wall Street Journal
  • Verified: The Next Threat, Scripps

Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling, Use of Audio Storytelling

  • Making Sense: How sound becomes hearing, Vox Media
  • Saving the sounds of an ancient city, The Washington Post

Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships

  • “No Light. No Nothing.” Inside Louisiana’s Harshest Juvenile Lockup, The Marshall Project, NBC News, ProPublica
  • The Return of the Machine Gun, The Trace, VICE News

Excellence in Immersive Storytelling

  • Un(re)solve, FRONTLINE, Ado Ato Pictures
  • Winter Olympics – Athletes to Watch, The New York Times

Excellence in Newsletters, Portfolio

  • Black and Latino Tennessee Voices newsletters, The Tennessean
  • Cooked: The search for sustainable eats, WBUR
  • The Brazilian Report newsletter portfolio, The Brazilian Report

Excellence in Newsletters, Single Newsletter

  • Arepita, Arepita
  • Bulletin: Les bonne infos (The good news), Bulletin
  • Cannabis CT, Hearst Connecticut Media Group
  • Detroit Documenters, Outlier Media
  • The Food Section, The Food Section

Excellence in Social Justice Reporting, Portfolio

  • Denied, The Markup
  • Ghosts of Polluters Past, Grist, Voice of OC
  • Prison Dispatches from Incarcerated Writers, The Appeal
  • The stench of death: On Canada’s Highway of Tears, Al Jazeera Digital

Excellence in Social Justice Reporting, Single Story

  • Inaccessible Cities, AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera Digital
  • Postcard From Thermal: Surviving the Climate Gap in Eastern Coachella Valley, ProPublica
  • Rising Up in the Heartland: Latino workers fight for pandemic relief, Univision News Digital
  • This Rap Song Helped Sentence a 17-Year-Old to Prison for Life, Type Investigations

Excellence in Social Media Engagement, Large Newsroom

  • How to Be Viral With Politicians (And Without Cute Dogs), LA NACION
  • The Quarantine Atlas, Bloomberg News, Bloomberg CityLab
  • VICE World News TikTok, VICE World News

Excellence in Social Media Engagement, Medium Newsroom

  • Convincing The Unvaccinated, Detroit Free Press
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Italian Hoagie Bracket, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Excellence in Social Media Engagement, Small Newsroom

  • Marshall Fire coverage, The Colorado Sun

Explanatory Reporting, Large Newsroom

  • Gerrymandering, The Guardian US
  • The Ongoing Crisis of Covid Behind Bars, The Marshall Project, Associated Press
  • The Price Kids Pay, ProPublica, Chicago Tribune
  • Ukraine Invasion, The Washington Post

Explanatory Reporting, Medium Newsroom

  • Lessons Learned: Drought Then and Now, CalMatters
  • Seize and keep: Civil forfeiture in Massachusetts, WBUR, ProPublica
  • The Secret IRS Files, ProPublica

Explanatory Reporting, Small Newsroom

  • Cabrini-Green: A History of Broken Promises, Better Government Association
  • Germany’s historical reckoning is a warning for the U.S., Coda Story
  • The Burning Issue, Grist
  • The Wealth Vortex, Center for Public Integrity, Transmitter Media

Feature, Large Newsroom

  • Devouring the rainforest, The Washington Post
  • Portraits of fear and loss, The Washington Post
  • The Badge and The Cross, Associated Press
  • The Surfside Condo Was Flawed and Failing. Here’s a Look Inside, The New York Times
  • Too Precious to Leave Behind, The Globe and Mail

Feature, Medium Newsroom

  • “The Liberty Way”: How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students’ Reports of Sexual Assaults, ProPublica
  • Hell at Abbey Gate, ProPublica, Alive in Afghanistan
  • Outgunned, CalMatters
  • Surfside: Persistent Trauma and Few Lessons Learned, Univision News Digital
  • The Jessica Simulation, San Francisco Chronicle

Feature, Small Newsroom

  • Road to Ruin, Grist, CoastAlaska, Earthrise Media, The Pulitzer Center
  • The Wealth Vortex, Center for Public Integrity
  • Turned Away, Spotlight PA

Gather Award in Community-Centered Journalism, Overall Excellence, Medium/Large Newsroom

  • Caring for children in the pandemic, Southern California Public Radio
  • Meeting History: A Garfield Park Citizen Archive, CatchLight

Gather Award in Community-Centered Journalism, Overall Excellence, Micro/Small Newsroom

  • In the Shadow of the Refineries, Grist
  • Up The Block, The Trace

Knight Award for Public Service

  • Banking on Crime, AL.com, Reckon South
  • Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge, Nashville Public Radio’s WPLN News, ProPublica
  • Ghosts of Polluters Past, Grist, Voice of OC

Online Commentary

  • Backspace with Sana Saeed, AJ+
  • Future-proofing the presidency, The Boston Globe Opinion
  • Jeneé Osterheldt, The Boston Globe
  • Postcards From a World on Fire, The New York Times

Sports, Large Newsroom

  • Future of the summer games, The Washington Post
  • Going Deep and The Nine, The Washington Post
  • Meet the Savannah Bananas, who’ve captivated fans and MLB. ‘We exist to make baseball fun,’ Los Angeles Times
  • Stephen Curry’s remarkable rise to three-point king; How Ja Morant’s block conjured memories of LeBron, Jordan and Russell, The Washington Post

Sports, Small/Medium Newsroom

  • A pickle(ball) in paradise, NJ Advance Media
  • Leading Las Vegas: A British firm is upending America’s booming online sports gambling market, Fortune

Student Journalism Award, Student Portfolio

  • Aloha ʻāina, The NewHouse School at Syracuse University, The NewsHouse

Student Journalism Award, Student Team Portfolio

  • Gaslit, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism ASU
  • little victims everywhere, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism ASU
  • Printing Hate, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the University of Maryland
  • Reflections of the L.A. Uprising, USC / JOVRNALISM
  • When Home is School, NYCity News Service, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Large Newsroom

  • Pandora Papers, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Washington Post, Nearly 150 global media partners
  • Police officers convicted of rape, murder and other serious crimes are collecting tens of millions of dollars during retirement, CNN
  • The Facebook Files, The Wall Street Journal
  • The Pegasus Project: A global investigation, The Washington Post, The Guardian US, Forbidden Stories

The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Medium Newsroom

  • Broken Homes, San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Secretive Prisons That Keep Migrants Out of Europe, The Outlaw Ocean Project, The New Yorker
  • Wires and Fires, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Small Newsroom

  • Ignored, Dismissed, Streetsblog
  • The Spy Tech That Followed Kids Home, The 74
  • Turned Away, Spotlight PA

Topical Reporting: Climate Change

  • Extreme heat’s deadly toll, Los Angeles Times
  • Mapping where the earth will become uninhabitable, FUNKE Zentralredaktion – Interaktiv
  • The Climate Disaster is Here, The Guardian US

Topical Reporting: Olympics and Paralympics Coverage, Large Newsroom

  • Future of the summer games, The Washington Post
  • How Katie Ledecky swims faster than the rest of the world, The Washington Post
  • Olympics visual portfolio, The Globe and Mail
  • Visualizing the Athleticism of the Olympics, The New York Times

Topical Reporting: Olympics and Paralympics Coverage, Medium Newsroom

  • My New Favorite Olympian, NBCLX
  • Vox Video: Winter Sports Week, Vox Media

Topical Reporting: Olympics and Paralympics Coverage, Small Newsroom

  • Anatomy of Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal,  FYT Media, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Topical Reporting: Pandemic Coverage, Portfolio

  • American Education’s Most Turbulent Year, The 74
  • Covid Risk In Hospitals, Kaiser Health News
  • The COVID housing crisis, Center for Public Integrity, Associated Press
  • The Ongoing Crisis of Covid Behind Bars, The Marshall Project, Associated Press

Topical Reporting: Pandemic Coverage, Single Story

  • How Colorado Caught COVID: The Third Wave, Colorado Public Radio
  • Rising up in the heartland: Latino workers fight for pandemic relief, Univision News Digital
  • Wolf of Main Street, Bloomberg CityLab, Bloomberg News

University of Florida Award in Investigative Data Journalism, Large Newsroom

  • Inside TikTok’s Dangerously Addictive Algorithm, The Wall Street Journal
  • Police Misconduct, The Washington Post
  • Secret Prices, Questionable Tests: Using Data to Investigate Medical Care, The New York Times
  • Zoning Divide, Star Tribune

University of Florida Award in Investigative Data Journalism, Small/Medium Newsroom

  • Sacrifice Zones: Mapping Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution, ProPublica
  • Security for Sale, Charlotte Observer, News & Observer
  • The Costly Toll of Dead-end Drug Arrests, Better Government Association, Chicago Sun-Times, USC Annenberg National Health Fellowship, The Circuit
  • Wires and Fires, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Judges for the 2022 OJAs included:

  • Adriana Lacy, Digital and Audience Engagement Editor, Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, and Journalism Lecturer, Brandeis University
  • Alfred Hermida, Journalism Professor, The University of British Columbia
  • Alicia Montgomery, Executive Producer, Podcasts, Slate Magazine
  • Andrew Nguyen, Newsroom Developer, Boston Globe Media
  • Annemarie Dooling, Managing Editor of Experimentation, McClatchy
  • Ayan Mittra, Senior Managing Editor, The Texas Tribune
  • Benét Wilson, Director of Media and Journalism Programs, Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship
  • Brakkton Booker, Political Correspondent, POLITICO
  • Brandon Wall, Director of Newsroom Strategy and Experiments, BuzzFeed
  • Brittany Grant, Director, Audience Development, Marketing & Synergy, ESPN
  • Brittney Mcnamara, Features Director, Teen Vogue
  • Camilo Jiménez Santofimio, Director of Operations and Strategy, Radio Ambulante Studio
  • Christine Loureiro, Digital Editor, Toronto Star
  • Cynthia DuBose, Vice President, Audience Growth & Content Monetization, McClatchy
  • Daniel Cooney, Social Media Producer/Coordinator, PBS NewsHour
  • Darrell M Allen, Deputy Director of Digital Design, The Associated Press
  • Emily Woodruff, Health Reporter, The Times-Picayune
  • Eric Lubbers, Chief Technology Officer, The Colorado Sun
  • Farrah Fazal, Supervising Field Producer, Jupiter Entertainment
  • Federica Cherubini, Head of Leadership Development, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  • Flor Coehlo, New Media Research and Training Manager, La Nacion
  • Francesca Panetta, Alternate Realities Curator, Sheffield DocFest
  • Heather Bryant, Interim Executive Director, Tiny News Collective
  • Irene McKisson, Principal Executive, AZ Luminaria
  • Janice Neil, Associate Professor, Journalism, Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Jessi Hempel, Senior Editor at Large, LinkedIn
  • Jo Kelly, Global Head of Publisher Product Specialists, Twitter
  • Jon Laurence, Supervising Executive Producer, AJ+
  • Justin Worland, Senior Correspondent, TIME
  • Kainaz Amaria, National Visual Enterprise Editor, The Washington Post
  • Kaizar Campwala, CEO, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Khushbu Shah, Editorial Director, Rest of World
  • Lauren Colley, Senior Curation Lead, Twitter
  • Lory Martinez, CEO & Founder, Studio Ochenta
  • Mark Mahoney, Editorial Page Editor, The Daily Gazette
  • Matt Frehner, Head of Visual Journalism, The Globe and Mail
  • Megan O’Toole, Senior Editor, Middle East Eye and Al Jazeera
  • Michael Bolden, Chief Executive Officer, American Press Institute
  • Neeti Upadhye, Supervising Producer, The Washington Post
  • Niketa Patel, Senior Director, Partnerships & Platforms, The 19th
  • P. Claire Dodson, Senior Entertainment Editor, Teen Vogue
  • Paul Cheung, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Public Integrity
  • Rebecca Zamon, Audience Growth Manager, The Globe and Mail
  • Rhon Flatts, Supervising Editorial Producer, NowThis
  • Rich Jaroslovsky, Vice President of Content & Chief Journalist, SmartNews, Inc.
  • Rodney Gibbs, Senior Directory, Strategy & Innovation, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Rubina Madan Fillion, Director of Strategy, Opinion, The New York Times
  • Russ Torres, Vice President of Digital Video Content and Strategy, USA TODAY NETWORK
  • Ruxandra Guidi, Podcast Editor, Fonografia Collective
  • Sara Yasin, Managing Editor, Los Angeles Times
  • Shannon Osaka, Climate Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Shazna Nessa, Global Head of Visuals, The Wall Street Journal
  • Thomas Seymat, Editorial Projects and Development Manager, Euronews
  • Tom McKenna, Supervising Producer, Social Video, NowThis
  • Tory Starr, Director, Digital & Social Content Innovation, GBH
  • Troy Thibodeaux, Director of Digital News, The Associated Press
  • Tyson Evans, Chief Product Officer, ProPublica
  • Viktorija Mickute, Senior Producer, Al Jazeera Contrast
  • Will Federman, Senior Director, AP News, The Associated Press

Note: Judges were recused from reviewing entries from their own organizations. For 2022, no finalists and winners were selected for the category Digital Video Storytelling, Short Form, Large Newsroom.

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