Close to 100 sites are on the finalist list under dozens of award categories, from major news organization sites (bbcnews.com, nytimes.com, Wired.com, washingtonpost.com) to individual stories and multimedia presentations, all organized by topic and size.
Candidates for the Knight Award for Public Service include one site I've blogged about before, The Chauncey Bailey Project, named for -- and continuing the work of -- a former newsroom colleague of mine who was murdered while on the job in Oakland, Calif.
Other public service nominees are Michael J. Berens and Ken Armstrong at The Seattle Times, for Culture of Resistance, The Toronto Star, for Crime and Punishment, and The Wisconsin State Journal for Down to a Whisper: State's Native Languages Threatened with Loss.
ONA says many of the finalists are "pushing the envelope of innovation in digital storytelling and information sharing."
Student online journalism projects up for awards are:
- Joy Lewis, Western Kentucky University, Sister Wife
- Lisa Pickoff-White, University of California, Berkeley, It Happens at Midnight
- University of Miami School of Communication, Special Olympics Live
- NYCity News Service/City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, Election 2008: A Date with History
- UNC-Chapel Hill, Andaman Rising
- Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, South Africa: At the Crossroads of Hate and Hope
More information about the awards, judging and organizations is available in the ONA press release.