The Online News Association released its award finalists on Wednesday, a list that spanned the spectrum of innovation in digital storytelling.
The Online News Association will host its annual conference September 22 through September 24 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, and the 2011 Online Journalism Awards will be announced on Saturday, September 24.
Finalists for the 2011 Online Journalism Awards were released publicly on Wednesday, an eclectic list that includes start-ups, international sources, and mainstream news outlets.
"This year, ONA introduced changes to acknowledge the explosion of journalistic innovation on new digital platforms," the ONA stated in a press release redistributed by Poynter. "Entries for all awards were open to news produced for any digital device."
Four notable newcomers acknowledged by the ONA this year were the finalists for the Gannett Foundation Award for Technical Innovation in the Service of Digital Journalism: Flipboard, e-thePeople's Power to the People: Voter Education for All, ScraperWiki, and ScribbleLive.
Recognition was also given for investigative journalism, multimedia feature presentation, blogging, commentary, data visualization, video incorporation, and community collaboration. Citizen journalism was not acknowledged.
The ONA was founded in 1999 and claims a membership base that is composed of more than 1,600 online news professionals.
"The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers, technologists 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," according to the ONA mission statement.