Finalist for 2015 Online News Association award

I am delighted to share that I am a finalist in the 2015 Online Journalism Awards for my work in knowledge-based journalism.

I am nominated in the Online Commentary category for smaller media outlets for my commentary on the role of social media in major news stories such as the Ebola crisis, the 2014 Ottawa shootings, the rise of ISIS and the Sydney siege.

The commentary award honours “a unique and powerful voice of commentary original to the web” that offers “freshness of insight and explanation,” says the ONA website.

The other finalist in the category is blogger and activist Marcell Shehwaro for her accounts of life in Aleppo for Global Voices.

The Online Journalism Awards honour excellence in digital journalism around the world. They are run by the Online News Association.

“This year, judges were swayed less by bells and whistles that didn’t add to the content, and instead zeroed in on high-quality journalism that was able to take flight on digital platforms,” said Joshua Hatch, ONA Board member and Online Journalism Awards Committee Chair.

“It goes to show what a democratic force technology has become to journalists around the world.”

The finalists and winners were chosen by 15 judges representing a diverse cross-section of the industry. There were a total of 994 entries that were initially screened by a group of 134 industry-leading journalists and new media professionals.

The winners will be announced at the 2015 ONA Conference and Awards Banquet on Saturday September 26 in Los Angeles.

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