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Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011 Online Journalism Award winners announced. Citizen Reporting Ignored.

Mickey Mouse Breakfast at #ona11

At #ONA11 the 2011 Online Journalism Award winners were announced last night.

New platforms acknowledged, but not citizen reporting.
This year, the awards 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.

“What’s most gratifying is to see the proliferation of quality work from next-generation digital journalists,” said Anthony Moor, OJA Chair. “While there is justifiable concern about the fate of numerous long-established newsrooms, there’s a healthy amount of excellent work coming from a new class of publications that don’t rely on broadcast or print to inform the public.”

Where are the bloggers?
What jumps out at me from the listing of award winners is the absence of winners in the Blogging category. Didn't any worthy bloggers enter?

Online Commentary/Blogging, Large Site
Arianna Huffington – The Huffington Post

Online Commentary/Blogging, Medium Site
No award

Online Commentary/Blogging, Small
No award
Maybe next year some medium and small blogs can enter some award winning Online Commentary.

How about adding a category for individuals?

Online Video. Where are the people?
Also, a glaring omission is in the Online Video category. You've got Large, Medium, Small and Student categories. What about Citizen Journalism category?

Online Video Journalism, Large Site
Caught in the Crossfire: Victims of Gang Violence – Los Angeles Times

Online Video Journalism, Medium Site
Exile Without End: Palestinians in Lebanon – CBC News, Radio-Canada, ALT Digital Design Studio

Online Video Journalism, Small Site
Powering a Nation: Spilling Over – UNC News21

Online Video Journalism, Student
Haiti’s Lost Children – University of Miami (Tie)

Now What Argentina? – University of North Carolina & Universidad Pontifica de Argentina (Tie)
Maybe next year they can add Online Video Journalism, People?

It would be nice for journalists to recognize excellence in Citizen Reporting.

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