Top ONA Awards to MSNBC, Roanoke.com, Center for Public Integrity

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By: E&P Staff

Capping the largest convention in its history Saturday in Washington D.C., The Online News Association presented its awards for General Excellence in Online Journalism to MSNBC.com, Roanoke.com, and The Center for Public Integrity.

“This is a huge honor,” said MSNBC.com Editor in Chief Jennifer Sizemore was quoted as saying by her site. “The journalists at MSNBC.com are the best in the business, and now what they deliver to our readers every day has been recognized by the best in the industry.”

NOLA.com also took a top honor, winning the newly established Knight Award for Public Service for its work during and after Hurricane Katrina. The $5,000 prize was created to recognizing online journalism that “makes a difference to people where they live.” The award is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. NOLA.com also took home the award for best breaking news coverage at a large site.

Other winners included SunHerald.com, Chicago Tribune, and Gulf Coast News. Below is a complete list of the winners.

The ONA, which is composed largely of professional online journalists, has over 600 members. For more information about the organization, click here.

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General Excellence in Online Journalism (Large): MSNBC.com
General Excellence in Online Journalism (Medium): Roanoke.com
General Excellence in Online Journalism (Small) : The Center for Public Integrity

Breaking News (Large): “Hurricane Katrina,” NOLA.com
Breaking News (Small): “Hurricane Katrina,” SunHerald.com

Online Commentary (Large): “David Pogue on NYTimes.com,” New York Times
Online Commentary (Medium): “Stuck in the 80s,” TampaBay.com
Online Commentary (Small): “Good Morning Silicon Valley,” John Paczkowski

Outstanding Use of Multiple Media (Large): “Hurricane Katrina,” MSNBC.com
Outstanding Use of Multiple Media (Small): “Montgomery Boycott,” Montgomery Advertiser

Specialty Journalism (Large): “ESPN Insider,” ESPN
Specialty Journalism (Small): Fine Woodworking

Service Journalism (Large): “The Mercury Menace,” Chicago Tribune
Service Journalism (Small): Gulf Coast News

Investigative Journalism (Large): “A Million Little Lies,” The Smoking Gun
Investigative Journalism (Small): “Cause for Alarm,” WTHR 13 Eyewitness

News Student Journalism: “Rezoned,” Jeff DelViscio and Khody Akhavi, Columbia School of Journalism

Knight Foundation Award for Public Service: “Hurricane Katrina: The Storm We Always Feared,” NOLA.com

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