Punching above our weight
The Center has a history of punching above its weight in the rich field of journalism awards in the United States. Last year’s Pulitzer for the Breathless and Burdened package was of course the pinnacle.
This week the team was struck by a shortlist for the Online News Association with no fewer than seven finalists — more by my count than any other news organization other than The New York Times (with 10). It’s a strong field across the board in many categories with entries from around the world. What is so gratifying — and will hopefully lead to awards — is the spread across our portfolio from Juvenile Justice to Money & Politics and to the International Consortium of Journalists’ work on two major projects. [I've updated this to elaborate on those who contributed to the ICIJ work.]
It’s a credit to the team to get these kudos from peers and we know donors in particular value the professional recognition. It adds to the ways we measure impact through readership engagement, social media, distribution with media partners and real-world change.
Our ONA finalists include one where we are the sole nomination for the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award for small newsrooms, the work on Profiting from Prisoners by our former colleague Dan Wagner, now at BuzzFeed and our video editor Eleanor Bell. It's a powerful piece.
Others include: Susan Ferriss’ work on the incarceration of children which is also credited to RevealNews for its podcast version, the work on the US broadband duopoly by Allan Holmes and Chris Zubak-Skees, the ICIJ series on the World Bank’s broken promises for the ICIJ in partnership with Huffington Post project managed by Michael Hudson and originated by Sasha Chavkin and the huge SwissLeaks project by the ICIJ. [On the World Bank report, Michael Hudson wrote a valuable explanatory piece spelling out the collaboration that goes in to any ICIJ and was typified by the World Bank project.]
The shortlist for the ONA awards is here and is filled with our partners and our competitors.