New partnership brings judging of major online journalism awards to UM

The Online News Association, the world's largest association of online journalists, has announced a partnership with the School of Communication at the University of Miami to host the Online Journalism Awards (OJA), one of the most respected international online media competitions, now in its 10th year.

Rich Beckman, the Knight Center for International Media's chair in Visual Journalism, will coordinate the judging process, which will take place in August at the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus.

"This partnership will bring the annual judging to UM and allow our students to participate in the process," Beckman said. "We will generate multimedia coverage of the judging that will be used at the award's ceremony, such as video features and possibly some podcasts of the judging. Our students will assist throughout the judging and will have the opportunity to interact with more than a dozen industry leaders throughout the process," he said.

The OJA has grown this year to further reflect the important role emerging technology and community reporting place in the quality of digital journalism. There will be 13 categories with a total of $30,000 in prizes, co-sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Gannett Foundation.

Applicants can enter submissions for the 2009 OJA at through June 30, 2009.

The winners will be announced on the final night of the Online News Association Conference and Awards Banquet, Oct. 1-3 in San Francisco.

For more information about the awards and specific categories, click here.

Posted on April 10, 2009