On Saturday night, ProPublica won its second general excellence award in four years from the Online News Association. The ONA's general excellence awards honor a news organization that "successfully fulfills its editorial mission, effectively serves its audience, maximizes the use of digital tools and platforms, and represents the highest journalistic standards." ProPublica last won the award in 2009. This year's award category was for news sites with an editorial staff of 26-99 members. (ProPublica has 38.)
ProPublica's managing editor Stephen Engelberg said the award, "speaks to both the quality of our journalism and the innovative ways in which it is presented in a field with many worthy competitors." News applications editor Scott Klein added, "It's a thrill to be recognized by our peers, but what matters most to us is continuing to have real world impact through our work. We'll use whatever tools we can -- stories, graphics, news apps, distributed reporting, and whatever else works, in order to achieve that mission."
See the livestream of the ceremony here. Congratulations to the entire ProPublica team and to the other ONA award winners.