Which online news award means the most?

It’s awards season, and while the writers’ strike is scuttling awards programs in the entertainment industry, the online news business chugs along, handing out awards left and right, as the journalism industry has done for generations.

But which award, if any, matter most to you? Whether you work for an online newspaper, publish a solo blog or manage a discussion forum, we’d like to hear your thoughts about the credibility — and desirability — of several major online news awards.

So cast your vote below, and please leave a thought or two in the comments. (And if you are good, or lucky, enough to have won more than one of these awards, please vote on which one meant the most to you.)

About Robert Niles

Robert Niles is the former editor of OJR, and no longer associated with the site. You may find him now at http://www.sensibletalk.com.


  1. What about the elusive “Quickbooks Profitability Prize”?

  2. says:

    Has anyone ever investigated the Webby Awards? What are they, really? I mean, who is the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, sponsors them? I’ve been in the new media field since before there was a WW Web. I’ve never met anyone who participates. The idea that there could be one entity that claims to judge everything from news to financial services, tourism, games, mobile advertising, “viral marketing,” etc. is absurd on the face of it. I find it a bit embarrassing that every year respectable news organizations (like my own) invariably report on these awards and refer to them as the “Oscars of online.”

  3. I agree that the “Oscars of online” is over-the-top hype. But I don’t find their selection of honorees to be any less credible to any of the other awards one hears about.

    They’re clearly hauling in significant cash, given the entry fees. But they do move traffic to their honorees *far* more effectively than the OJAs, Edgies and EPpies, in my experience with these awards. So one could make an argument that they are cost-effective, should you make finalist, of course.

  4. I see that the EPpy fans are now flooding the poll. Interesting…

  5. says:

    The poll is being gamed.


  6. says:

    Online awards often need to add more categories, particularly some of the college ones.
    It’s disheartening to see your innovative daily lose to a magazine running a “feature” on sex toys that features maybe three thumbnail pics.
    Hello ICPA. Your online award stinks. Hello CMA, yours stinks a little less. College Publisher, your awards also smell.
    How about divisions for daily, weekly and monthly. How about traffic awards broken into divisions by school enrollment size. How about blog, podcast, video, soundslide categories… for starters.