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Finalists Announced for 2005 Online Journalism Awards

BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The finalists for the sixth annual Online Journalism Awards (OJAs) were announced this week by the Online News Association (ONA) and the USC Annenberg School for Communication. The contest, which honors excellence in digital journalism, was judged by a team of distinguished journalists during a two-day event on the USC campus on Sept. 23-24. A list of the finalists in each of the categories is provided below, along with a list of the judges.

The winners will be announced at the OJA Awards Banquet during the sixth national conference of the Online News Association, which will be held October 28th and 29th at the Hilton New York.

"The ONA and USC Annenberg are very pleased with the outcome of the judging," said Tom Regan, executive director of the ONA. "This was easily the most varied cross section of finalists in the competition's six-year history. It indicates that the OJAs are being widely viewed as the top online competition to enter, and it also tells us how the quality of online journalism has improved right across all the categories."

The contest was coordinated by Rebecca Fairley Raney, Annenberg contest project manager, and John Granatino, Assistant General Manager, Belo Interactive Media and chairman of ONA's Awards Committee.

The finalists and the winners were selected through a two-step process. First, a group of 70 journalists screened entries in each category and narrowed them to a set of five to ten nominees. These nominees were then reviewed by the OJA judges, a group of 11 journalists with extensive experience in new and old media, who met at USC to pick the finalists and the winners.

The Online Journalism Awards received 600 English-language entries from Web sites in the United States and abroad. The judges followed a strict recusal policy, leaving the judging room during discussions and not voting in any category in which their own sites came up for review.

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the USC Annenberg School for Communication ( http://www.annenberg.usc.edu/ ) is among the nation's leading institutions devoted to the study of journalism and communication, and their impact on politics, culture and society. With an enrollment of more than 1,700 graduate and undergraduate students, USC Annenberg offers B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in journalism, communication, and public relations.

The Online News Association is an association composed largely of professional online journalists. The Association has more than 600 professional members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems, as well as academic members and others interested in the development of online journalism.

The judges for the 2005 awards were:

Beau Brendler, director, Consumer Reports WebWatch
Sue Gardner, senior director, CBC.Ca
Ruth Gersh, Director of Online Services, AP Digital and president of the
Susan Mernit, Partner, Founder 5ive Group
Mitch Gelman, senior vice president and executive producer, CNN.com
Rich Jaroslovsky, executive editor, government and economy, Bloomberg News
Chris Jennewein, director of Internet operations, Union-Tribune Publishing
Anthony Moor, editor, OrlandoSentinel.com
Michael Parks, professor and director, School of Journalism, USC Annenberg
School for Communication
Kevin Roderick, journalist and creator of L.A. Observed blog
Neal Scarbrough, vice president and senior news editor, ESPN

Here is the list of finalists:

General Excellence in Online Journalism (Large)
* BBC News, http://www.bbcnews.com/
* CNN, http://www.cnn.com/
* ESPN, http://www.espn.com/
* The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/
* Nova Online, http://www.pbs.org/nova

General Excellence in Online Journalism (Medium)
* CBS 2 Chicago, http://www.cbs2chicago.com/
* New York Newsday, http://www.nynewsday.com/
* Frontline/World, http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/
* Spokesman Review, http://www.spokesmanreview.com/

General Excellence in Online Journalism (Small)
* Bluffton Today, http://www.blufftontoday.com/
* Congressional Quarterly, http://www.cq.com/
* Online Athens, http://www.onlineathens.com/
* New West, http://www.newwest.net/
* Center for Public Integrity, http://www.publicintegrity.org/

Breaking News (Large)
* "Asia's Deadly Waves," New York Times,
* "Laguna Landslide," Orange County Register,
* "Hurricanes of 2004," Orlando Sentinel,
* "Storm 2004 Hurricane Coverage," Palm Beach Post,
* "Tsunami Coverage," Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-

Breaking News (Small)
* "BTK Serial Killer Confesses," Kansas.com,
* "Microsoft to Gut Longhorn," Microsoft Watch,
* "Local Floods," Middletown NY Times Herald-Record,
* "McGowan Family Tragedy," The Palm Springs Desert Sun,

Online Commentary (Large)
* "Shooting from the Heart" by David Kuo, Beliefnet,
* "Human Nature" by William Saletan, Slate Magazine,
* "Ad Report Card" by Seth Stevenson, Slate Magazine,
* "Kausfiles" by Mickey Kaus, Slate Magazine,
* "Page 2," ESPN, http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/index
* "Media Hack" by Adam Penenberg, Wired.com,

Online Commentary (Medium)
* Chas Rich, "NEO Babble Blog,"
* Al Mascitti, The Delaware News Journal,
* Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher,
* Lawrence.com blogs," http://www.lawrence.com/blogs/mathis/
* Mark Fiore's Animated Political Cartoons, http://www.markfiore.com/

Online Commentary (Small)
* "Good Morning Silicon Valley," John Paczkowski,
* "Business Electric," Arthur O'Donnell, Energy Pulse
* "Purely Academic," Terry Caesar,
* "Arts:OpEd," Bill Marx, http://www.wbur.org/arts/archive/op-eds/

Outstanding Use of Multiple Media (Large)
* "Class Matters," New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/class
* "C.R.O.P Up Close: Donovan State Prison," San Diego Union Tribune,
* "A Husband for Vibha," St. Petersburg Times,
* "25 years in Hip Hop," Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, http://www.sun-/
* "AIDS in Africa: A Turning Point," Toronto Globe and Mail,

Outstanding Use of Multiple Media (Small)
* "Mission to Mante," Boulder Daily Camera,
* "Hip-Hop at 30," New York Newsday,
* "State of the Hudson," Poughkeepsie Journal,
* "My House, My Shack," SixBillion.org,

Specialty Journalism (Large)
* The Chronicle of Higher Education, http://chronicle.com/
* Computer World, http://www.computerworld.com/
* ESPN Insider, http://insider.espn.go.com/insider/index
* "OC Varsity," Orange County Register, http://ocvarsity.com/

Specialty (Small)
* "Heritage and Culture," Scotsman.com, http://heritage.scotsman.com/
* News@nature.com, http://www.nature.com/news
* Fashion Week, New York Newsday,
* Content Next Media: "Paid Content.org" http://www.paidcontent.org/
* "Speaking of Faith," American Public Media, http://speakingoffaith.org/

Service journalism (Large)
* "Borrower Beware," Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
* "Get Schooled education blog," Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
* "My Favorite Teacher," Philadelphia Inquirer,
* "Your Right to Know," Journal News,

Service Journalism (Small)
* "Unsafe Haven, The Crisis in Home Health Care," Winston-Salem Journal,
* "Living Through Windows ... Alzheimer's Disease," Grand Island
Independent, http://livingthroughwindows.com/

Enterprise Journalism (Large)
* "In Harm's Way," Houston Chronicle, http://www.chron.com/toxic
* "Murder in Room 103," Court TV, http://www.courttv.com/room_103/
* "Echo Company," Knight Ridder,
* "Dot-con Job," Seattle Times,
* "What is Torture?" Slate Magazine, http://www.slate.com/id/2119122

Enterprise (Small)
* "Beyond Borders," San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin,
* "Sex, Money and Meth Addiction," New West,
* "Outsourcing the Pentagon," Center for Public Integrity,
* "The Attack at the Silk Forest Plant," Winston-Salem Journal,

Student Journalism
* "Hartman Murder Files," University of Alaska Fairbanks,
* "Crossing Borders," Arizona State University,
* "Global Messengers," University of North Carolina,

Source: Online News Association

CONTACT: Tom Regan, Executive Director of Online News Association,
Phone: +1-617-698-5252, Fax: +1-617-698-5252, or Email:

Web site: http://www.onlinenewsassociation.org/

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