BillMoyers.com received an Online Journalism Award at the Online News Association’s 14th annual awards over the weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.
The team won for its coverage of voter suppression tactics in Fight the Vote in the online commentary category.
Fight the Vote is an ongoing initiative that tracks Supreme Court rulings, Department of Justice lawsuits and underreported stories on state voter ID requirements, voter list purges, voter registration restrictions and other laws and rules that are taking the right to vote away from eligible citizens across the country. Some highlights include:
- The Long Assault on Our Voting Rights — an interview with historian Gary May on the 2013 Supreme Court decision gutting the Voting Rights Act.
- The Link Between Mass Incarceration and Voter Turnout — a feature examining laws that disenfranchise minorities who are incarcerated.
- Who Doesn’t Have Photo ID? — a video feature profiling two Philadelphia women at serious risk of losing their rights to vote when (and if) the state’s strict new voter ID law is enacted.
“We’re honored to be acknowledged by the Online News Association and to be in the company of great online journalists such as Propublica, NPR, Frontline, the Texas Tribune and many others,” said Theresa Riley, director of digital content and strategy.
The Online Journalism Awards “honor excellence in digital journalism” and are administered by the Online News Association in partnership with the University of Miami School of Communication.