Online journalism awards for The Guardian

I’m glad to tell you that The Guardian has won two online journalism awards last Saturday at an annual awards dinner. The newspaper was awarded with the Gannett Foundation Award for Investigative Journalism and with the Watchdog Journalism Award. These are the two top US news industry awards, so I’m very pleased they went to a daily that I like to read myself sometimes. Janine Gibson, The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, was very proud to receive the awards from the leading organisation in the US for digital news organisations and she said to be very thankful for their support.

The ceremony, held by the Online News Association and the Gannett Foundation, took place in Atlanta last Saturday night. The Guardian received the prices for its work on the NSA dragnet surveillance which they started covering in June. Their journalists revealed that the National Security Agency had been collecting the telephone metadata of millions of American people. Thanks to the collaboration with whistle-blower Edward Snowden the paper could report on the NSA’s activities. And I’m so glad they did! Their articles lead to legislative moves in the US Congress to rein in the agency. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill are the hero journalists to be held accountable for that.

The best-known papers who brought home an award were the Boston Globe, the Texas Tribune and of course the New York Times. The Boston Globe reported for example about the Boston marathon drama and won the Knight Award for Public Service. The Texas Tribune and the New York Times both won a General Excellence Award. They all could take home a minimum prize of $3,000. A great earn for their indispensable work in my opinion!

Here is a list of all winners and their covered topics:

Knight Award for Public Service

68 Blocks, The Boston Globe

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small

AxisPhilly

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Medium

The Texas Tribune

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Large

The New York Times

Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism

D3.js, The New York Times

Breaking News, Small

Triumph, Then Tragedy: The Boston Marathon Bombings, Boston University News Service

Breaking News, Medium

Superstorm Sandy, WNYC

Breaking News, Large

Boston Marathon Bombing, Boston.com and BostonGlobe.com

Planned News/Events, Small

Iran Election Watch

Planned News/Events, Medium

2012 Election Coverage, ProPublica

Planned News/Events, Large

The Re-Election of Barack Obama, NPR

Explanatory Reporting, Small (tie)

Ala Wai Canal: Hawaii’s Biggest Mistake?, Honolulu Civil Beat
Coal in the Northwest, EarthFix

Explanatory Reporting, Medium

America Under the Gun: A Special Report on Gun Laws and the Rise of Mass Shootings, Mother Jones

Explanatory Reporting, Large

Beyond 7 Billion, Los Angeles Times

Topical Reporting, Small

Nieman Journalism Lab

Topical Reporting, Medium

Returning Home to Battle, The Center for Investigative Reporting

Topical Reporting, Large

Life in the Hermit Kingdom: Bringing North Korea to the World, Associated Press

Online Commentary, Small

The Fight to Vote, BillMoyers.com

Online Commentary, Medium

Stuff Nation, Fairfax Media New Zealand

Online Commentary, Large

Ezra Klein, The Washington Post

Feature, Small

#Banlieuelanuit, Radio-Canada

Feature, Medium

Black Gold Boom, Todd Melby, AIR, Prairie Public, Zeega

Feature, Large

Snow Fall, The New York Times

Student Projects, Small

The Pulse of Oakland, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Student Projects, Large

Triumph, Then Tragedy: The Boston Marathon Bombings, Boston University News Service

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Small

In The Name Of The Law, Honolulu Civil Beat

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Medium

Big Money 2012, FRONTLINE, American Public Media’s Marketplace, ProPublica

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Large

The NSA Files, The Guardian

Gannett Foundation Award for Watchdog Journalism

The NSA Files, The Guardian

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