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The College, with the Online News Association, launched an award in 2014 honoring investigative data journalism as part of ONA’s Online Journalism Awards. The award, which will honor high-impact data journalism that is exceptionally well presented, is given in two size categories: small/medium and large. Each winning entry receives a $7,500 prize established through a generous gift to the University of Florida from the estate of the late Lorraine Dingman.

Winners of the University of Florida Award also are invited  to the UF campus to work with CJC students and faculty as journalists in residence. The costs of their travel and lodging are also supported by the Dingman gift. While at Florida, the winners will be invited to share their expertise and show how they produced their award-winning work.

The 2017 Awards

The Globe and Mail was honored in the large newsroom category for Unfounded, a 20-month investigation into how Canadian police services handle sexual assault cases.

The Intercept’s Trial and Terror, which won in the small/medium newsroom category, featured the results of a year-long investigation into why more than half of the people prosecuted on international terrorism-related charges have been released. The Intercept also won in 2016.

 The 2016 Awards

The Intercept won in the Small/Medium category for The Drone Papers. The series focused on a cache of secret documents obtained by The Intercept detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama’s drone wars.

The Orlando Sentinel won in the Large category for Focus on Force: An Investigation in Use of Force by the Orlando Police Department. The investigative series chronicles the Orlando Police Department’s use of force from 2010 to 2014 – more than double the rate of some similarly sized agencies – resulting in the city and its insurer paying $3.6 million in police-brutality claims.

The 2015 Awards

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won in the Small/Medium category for the second year in a row for The Trouble with Taxes: A Look at How Inappropriate Reductions in Property Assessments Create an Imbalanced System. The investigative series uncovered that in many Wisconsin communities, property assessor practices have led to 20 percent or more of residential property taxes being paid by the wrong people and that state officials have done little to rectify the disparities.

The Austin American-Statesman won in the Large category for their investigative report Missed Signs, Fatal Consequences. The series showed how Texas Child Protective Services failed to systematically analyzed public records data, missing deadly patterns and key pieces of information that could help protect kids.

The 2014 Awards

Minnesota Public Radio’s coverage of the cover-up of sexual abuse by the clergy in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s reporting on delays in hospital screening of newborns won the inaugural “University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism” at the Online News Association’s 2014 Online Journalism Awards banquet, Sept. 27, in Chicago.

Video from the 2014 awards ceremony:

About the Online News Association

The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, developers, photographers, educators, students and others who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards, which honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation and general excellence.