Latin American newsrooms won four big honors at the 2018 Online Journalism Awards, prestigious prizes recognizing excellent digital journalism.
Postdata.club , a data journalism site in Cuba, won the General Excellence in Online Journalism award for Micro Newsroom . As noted by the organization itself, it often builds or completes data sets due to the difficulty of obtaining public data on the island.
Judges said Postdata.club “ punches above its weight , unafraid to mix platforms or release data. It’s a tough job to do anywhere, but almost inconceivable to do a great job in a place where people didn’t even know it was possible.” La Nación newspaper from Argentina won the Excellence in Audio Digital Storytelling for the Medium/Large Newsroom category for its work “ Prosecutor Nisman Phone Interceptions Mapped in Playlists .” The newspaper was also a finalist in the Breaking News, Large Newsroom category for its project, “ The Search Operation of the Submarine ARA San Juan .”
“A prosecutor was found dead and 40,000 audios from what he was investigating were leaked . We downloaded everything and what we did, what we love to do, make a database,” Momi Peralta, project manager at La Nación Data, said upon receiving the award . A playlist was created with many of the audio recordings, and the team and volunteers used an open collaboration platform during the project.
AJ+ Español , digital site Animal Político and Pop-Up Newsroom won for Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships for their elections fact-checking project […]