The Center for Investigative Reporting was named a finalist in five categories, including four with California Watch, in the Online News Association awards.
Launched in 2000, the Online Journalism Awards are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism.
“We are extremely proud of our staff and what they have accomplished," said Mark Katches, editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch. "It’s exciting to see this many nominations in such a prestigious contest – especially so many for a start-up organization that didn’t exist a couple of years ago.”
Anthony Moor, a managing editor at Yahoo!, said in a statement on the association's website, "We found that excellence in digital journalism today requires not only traditional shoe-leather reporting and engaging storytelling, but also sophisticated use of social tools and multimedia techniques," Moor, along with the Associated Press’ Director of Global Product Operations Ruth Gersh, co-chairs the Online Journalism Awards Committee.
The categories in which the Center for Investigative Reporting and California Watch are named finalists:
- Knight Award for Public Service On Shaky Ground – California Watch and Center for Investigative Reporting
- General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small Site California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting
- Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism, Small Site On Shaky Ground – California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting
- Online Video Journalism, Small Site The Price of Gas – Center for Investigative Reporting, California Watch
- Specialty Site Journalism, Affiliated The Civil Rights Cold Case Project – Center for Investigative Reporting, Paperny Films