Want to know what kind of online storytelling is turning heads? Over the weekend, the Online News Association held its 2010 conference in Washington, D.C. Competing with the Rally to Restore Sanity just a few blocks away, ONA attendee numbers did thin out for a few hours Saturday afternoon, but the rally ended well before the ONA ceremony acknowledging impressive online projects and sites.
Here are a few of the 2010 award winners we’ve covered previously on Storyboard (and below, some stories that are new to us):
“Leveling Appalachia: The Legacy of Mountaintop Removal Mining,” from Yale Environmental 360, won for small-site Online Video Journalism. See our June Q&A with filmmaker Chad A. Stevens.
“Law & Disorder,” from ProPublica, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Frontline, won a Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism. Read our February post about a Frontline-sponsored symposium on the future of digital storytelling, including “Law & Disorder.”
“My Story, My Goal,” from the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami, won the Online Video Journalism student award (in July, we noted the “Where Every Pregnancy Is a Gamble” story from this project).
“Bottoming Out,” from The Las Vegas Sun and the Greenspun Media Group won an award for Online Video Journalism. Here’s our March look at the video for the project, with comments from Scott Den Herder, who combined citizen footage with his own to create a narrative.
And other winners of interest to storytellers:
“King of the Sarasota Flip,” a semi-narrative part of the package “Flipping Fraud,” from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, won the Knight Award for Public Service.
“William and the Windmill,” from The Toronto Star also won an award for its Online Video Journalism. Creativity, ridicule and perseverance come together into a compelling and energetic short format.
“We Choose the Moon,” an interactive 40th anniversary project from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Domani Studios, The Martin Agency, AOL, AOL News and AOLSHOUTcast, reconstructed the 1969 lunar landing using archival audio and images that narrate from launch to touchdown on the moon. The project won an award for Multimedia Feature Presentation.
[For more from ONA 2010, take a look at some tools for digital storytelling, or see the full list of sites and organizations that won awards.]