October 6, 2022

Announcing the winners of the 2022 American Journalism Online Awards

Last year, NYU’s American Journalism Online Master’s Program launched the AJO Awards to honor excellence in reporting with an emphasis on recognizing the new ways that journalists connect with the public. We made it free and easy to submit nominations, so as to capture work by people and organizations that don’t have the resources to fund submissions to more established journalism awards. And this year we’re back to celebrate more exciting journalism – we’ve even added a new category for media criticism judged by Brian Stelter.

Today we announce the winners of the 2022 Awards! From a detailed quiz helping New Yorker’s match themselves to a mayoral candidate, to a Twitter thread about missing and murdered indigenous people in Wyoming, to a series investigating gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, we are proud to be bringing work that exists outside the mainstream into the spotlight.

We recruited some of the best journalists working today as judges – including Pulitzer finalist Jason Leopold and Julia B. Chan, the EIC of The 19th – as well as prominent members of NYU’s faculty: Asst. Prof. Ellen Horne co- judged our podcasting category; Asst. Prof. Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika judged our Feature Most Likely to Inspire Fellow Journalists category; and Vice Provost and Asst. Prof. Clay Shirky judged the Best Non-Traditional News Source category.

“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 AJO founder and director, Prof. Adam Penenberg.

“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.”

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