The Awards, Bestowed by NYU’s American Journalism Online Master’s Program, Showcase Non-Traditional Reporting Excellence

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SCOTUSblog, the Lawrence Times, and Politifact are among the winners of the 2022 American Journalism Online Awards, given by New York University’s American Journalism Online Master’s Program

The American Journalism Online (AJO) Awards were established in 2021.

“With the AJO Awards, we want to draw attention to some of the great work being done by journalists and publications that live outside the mainstream,” says Adam Penenberg, founder and director of the AJO program, part of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. “We aim to honor impactful reporting and vivid storytelling as well as celebrate the many ways today’s journalists inject humor, voice, and ingenuity into their work.”

Other winning online reporting includes the City’s detailed quiz helping New Yorkers match themselves to a mayoral candidate, Insider News’ Twitter thread about missing and murdered Indigenous people in Wyoming, and Knock LA’s series investigating gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 

A complete list of this year’s winners and categories, which include “Best Non-Profit News Source”, “Best Debunking of Fake News”, and “Best TikTok Explainer”, may be found on the AJO program’s website

The awards are determined by judges drawn from the profession who each select a winner for a specific category. These include Brian Stelter, former host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” (“Best Media Criticism”), Chao Li, head of product at Dow Jones (“Best Data Visualization”), Anayansi Diaz-Cortes, senior reporter and producer at the Center for Investigative Reporting (“Best News-Based Podcast”), Jason Leopold, investigative reporter at Bloomberg News (“Best Use of Public Records”), and Chenjerai Kumanyika, assistant professor at the Carter Journalism Institute and part of the Podcasting and Audio Reportage faculty (“Feature Most Likely to Inspire Future Journalists”).

The nomination and judging process are described on the AJO program’s website.

Editor’s Note:
NYU’s American Journalism Online Masters is a degree program in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute that allows students to study with some of today’s top working journalists from nearly anywhere in the world. The program offers coursework in investigative reporting, podcasting, feature writing, law and ethics, and photojournalism, among other facets of the profession. Its instructors include Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as finalists for the Peabody and National Magazine Awards. For information, please visit the program’s website

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