ONA began accepting entries for the 2017 round of awards on May 8, and has $58,500 in prize money to dole out amongst 37 categories, including one of its two new categories.
Excellence in Immersive Storytelling: This award honors exceptional efforts in telling stories through digital, immersive media: virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, 360 video and other emerging media. Judges will consider the journalism behind an immersive project, overall production quality and innovative use of storytelling techniques. Thanks to our new Journalism 360 initiative, this award comes with a $5,000 prize supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Google News Lab.
ONA is a partner behind Journalism 360, an initiative to offer immersive journalism training, foster a community around the subject, and promote the overall growth of the emerging medium, along with Google News Lab and the Knight Foundation.
Submissions for this year’s awards close June 8. Finalists will be announced mid-August and winners will be announced at ONA’s Conference and Awards banquet in Washington D.C. October 7.