Deadline Nears for 2005 Online Journalism Awards

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By: E&P Staff

The deadline for the 2005 Online Journalism Awards, sponsored by the Online News Association and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, is July 20. This year, according to organizers, no extensions will be allowed under any circumstances.

All submissions — which must have appeared between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005 and be available online one year after print — must be made through the Web site,, using an online entry form.

Judges will place special emphasis on submissions that are unique or original to the Web. However, entries first published in another medium are eligible (except for the Online Commentary award).

However, applicants should note several changes have been made this year specifically to accommodate smaller venues and bloggers. In the General Excellence in Journalism and Online Commentary categories, for example, size divisions have been formed to make the contest fair for everyone.

These size divisions are determined by the total number of unique visitors to the sites on a monthly basis. However, if a site is part of a larger media association, regardless of how many hits the site itself may receive, the size division will be determined by the total visits to the larger organization’s Web site. Entry fees are also dependent on size division, with the large group paying $125 per entry, the medium, $100 and the small, $50.

For more information or to enter the competition, visit

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