Newcomer ProPublica shines at online journalism awards

28th September 2014, Comments 0 comments

Non-profit US news organization ProPublica and media outlets from Canada, France and Norway were among those sharing the honors Saturday at the 2014 Online Journalism Awards.

ProPublica, which was launched six years ago to conduct investigative journalism, picked up five awards at the Online News Association's annual conference in Chicago.

The ONA, which administers the prizes, also announced that there would be a new award next year to honor James Foley, the American journalist murdered by the Islamic State group in Syria last month.

The James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting will recognize freelance journalists working in difficult conditions.

The Los Angeles Times was honored for general excellence in online journalism by a large media outlet but most of the awards this year went to relative newcomers such as ProPublica.

ProPublica was honored for general excellence by a medium-sized media organization and it won individual awards for its coverage of health care in the United States, drug safety and continuing segregation in US schools.

The Calgary Herald was honored for its breaking news coverage of the Alberta floods, while Norway's VG won an award for its coverage of the 2013 world chess championship.

Sarah Lazarovic of Maclean's won the award in the online commentary category.

France's Rue 89, The Pixel Hunt and The European Journalism Centre shared an award for explanatory reporting for their joint reporting on rebuilding earthquake-damaged Haiti.

Among US newspapers, the big winner was The Seattle Times, which was singled out for its coverage of climate change and a deadly landslide.

The Online Journalism Awards were launched in 2000 to reward excellence in digital journalism.

© 2014 AFP

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