Both ProPublica and OpenSecrets were recognized for their outstanding online news journalism with awards from the Online News Association and the University of Miami’s School of Communications. Prize money for several 2011 awards was provided by the Gannett Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
The Online Journalism Awards debuted in 2000, “to honor excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media, and international news sites.” For the first time this year, award entries were open to news content produced for any digital device.
ProPublica, a non-profit news organization devoted to reform through journalism, was awarded the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Small Site, for its Dialysis series. This isn’t the first time ProPublica has been recognized for journalistic excellence. ProPublica has won numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 and again in 2011!
OpenSecrets.org is owned by the Center for Responsive Politics, which is a non-profit research group that tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The OpenSecrets.org site was awarded the 2011 Online Journalism Award for Online Topical Reporting/Blogging, Small Site. Like ProPublica, this is not the first journalism award for OpenSecrets.org.
ProPublica and OpenSecrets.org both demonstrate the authoritative content that is being published online today and syndicated through Newstex to the people who need it to do their jobs. Congratulations to ProPublica and OpenSecrets.org!