2012 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced

Finalists for the 2012 Online Journalism Awards were announced today by the Online News Association and its academic partner, the School of Communication at the University of Miami. Eight awards come with a total of $33,000 in prize money, courtesy of theJohn S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation, which also is supporting innovative investigative work with two $2,500 awards.

“Once again, we were overwhelmed with the quality of work submitted,” said ONA Board member Josh Hatch, who, along with the Associated Press’ Director of Global Product Operations Ruth Gersh, co-chairs the Online Journalism Awards Committee. “The use of multimedia, the power of data and social media, and the ability of journalists to integrate them to inform, entertain, and emotionally connect with readers has set a high water mark.”

Here are the finalists:

KNIGHT AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM, SMALL

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM, MEDIUM

GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM, LARGE

GENERAL EXCELLENCE, NON-ENGLISH, SMALL/MEDIUM

GANNETT FOUNDATION AWARD FOR TECHNICAL INNOVATION IN THE SERVICE OF DIGITAL JOURNALISM

BREAKING NEWS, MEDIUM

BREAKING NEWS, LARGE

PLANNED NEWS/EVENTS, SMALL

PLANNED NEWS/EVENTS, MEDIUM

PLANNED NEWS/EVENTS, LARGE

EXPLANATORY REPORTING, SMALL

EXPLANATORY REPORTING, MEDIUM

EXPLANATORY REPORTING, LARGE

TOPICAL REPORTING, SMALL

TOPICAL REPORTING, MEDIUM

TOPICAL REPORTING, LARGE

ONLINE COMMENTARY, SMALL

ONLINE COMMENTARY, MEDIUM

ONLINE COMMENTARY, LARGE

FEATURE, SMALL

FEATURE, MEDIUM

FEATURE, LARGE

FEATURE, STUDENT

GANNETT FOUNDATION AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, SMALL

GANNETT FOUNDATION AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, MEDIUM

GANNETT FOUNDATION AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, LARGE

NON-ENGLISH PROJECTS, SMALL/MEDIUM

NON-ENGLISH PROJECTS, LARGE

NEWS AND ONLINE COMMENTARY, STUDENT