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Newseum names 2009 online winners

Newspaper archive partners with Online News Association

Posted: October 2, 2009 12:32 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2009 12:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- The Newseum, Washington's interactive museum of news, today announced a partnership with the
Online News Association (ONA) to display the work of the winners of the 2009 Online Journalism Awards (OJAs).

The awards, now in their 10th year, are the only all-digital media awards celebrating the best of online journalism across the globe. This year's winners will be announced on Oct. 3, at the ONA's 2009 Awards Banquet in San Francisco.

"The Newseum chronicles centuries of news events through newspapers, television broadcasts, radio reports and films, and our new partnership with the Online News Association to capture the best digital journalism ensures that our collection will remain as current as today's top stories," said Ken Paulson, president of the Newseum.

Beginning this fall, the Newseum will show interviews with the OJA-winning journalists and display examples of their work in the museum's Digital News Gallery. The winners, chosen for their innovative take on online news, either in coverage, format or technology used, also will be featured on the Newseum's Web site.

The exhibit will be expanded later to explore a decade's worth of milestones and innovation in online news reporting. One-on-one interviews with previous OJA winners will be added to the exhibit to offer historical perspective on the early days of online journalism.

"Too much important digital journalism is disappearing before our eyes, nearly as quickly as it's published," said ONA Executive Director Jane McDonnell. "This project will be a small first step toward an archive that will capture the best of new media for posterity."



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