The Washington Post took home two Online News Association Awards and was named a finalist in five categories at last month’s ONA annual conference in New Orleans.

The Post won the Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling award for the project “Borderline.” The piece allows readers to “fly over” the boundary and the physical barriers that define the U.S.-Mexico border. They can navigate the interactive map over multiple cities, the 47 ports of entry, and the mountains and desert terrain. The win was especially gratifying since we’ve been finalists in this category for three of the previous four years.

Two Post employees were part of the team honored with the ONA Community Award. Data Reporter Aaron Williams and Senior Software Engineer Erik Reyna and seven other volunteers were recognized for their work as administrators for The Journalists of Color Slack channel.

The Post was also a finalist in five other categories this year, including in the Large Newsroom category for General Excellence in Online Journalism.

Other finalists include:

  • Immersive Storytelling: 12 seconds of gunfire. The virtual reality film recounts what happened to Jacob Hall and Ava Olsen, who were first-graders at Townville Elementary School in South Carolina when a 14-year-old boy opened fire on their school playground at recess. Jacob was killed and the movie follows Ava as she struggles to deal with the aftermath of the shooting.
  • The University of Florida Award for Investigative Data Journalism, Large Newsroom: Murder with Impunity. A team of Post reporters compiled case-level information for more than 50,000 homicides in 50 of the nation’s largest cities. The data collected covered a decade and went far beyond the scope of homicide records gathered by the FBI, including details on whether the murder led to an arrest and the location of the killing. The findings were then plotted on interactive maps, including demographic information about the victim and the neighborhood.
  • Explanatory Reporting, Large Newsroom and Feature, Large Newsroom: Gone in a Generation. The project is an ongoing, multi-part look at how families in various regions of the United States are being forced to adapt to climate change and, in some cases, accept an entirely altered existence. The project began with four parts examining wildfires in California, flooding in North Carolina, sea-life migration in the Northeast and dying forests in the Rocky Mountains.
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