Paul Cheung of the Associated Press breaks into Gangnam-style dance after the AP won an OJA Award for topical reporting. Photo by Avni Nijhawan/ONA13 student newsroom

Boston bombs, NSA top awards

Boston bombing coverage and the NSA files highlighted the 2013 Online Journalism Awards at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga. Boston University News Service won two awards for its coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings – one in the category of breaking News/Small; the other in the Student Projects/Large category. The BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com…

Talking about newsroom diversity at ONA13

At the 2013 Online News Association conference in Atlanta, minority journalists in leadership roles across the country shared their perspectives on diversity at a meet-up which attracted almost 100 attendees. The meet-up, said ONA Director of Operations Irving Washington, was planned to welcome an increasing number journalists of color who work in digital attending the…

Personal essay: Shaken to faith

Blood-filled tubes snaked down my neck and across my body when I awoke in a hospital bed one Sunday evening. Nurses and family members stood by my bedside. I felt like an 8-year-old Frankenstein’s monster. But I wasn’t a monster. I was a little boy with Type 1 diabetes. Coughing and vomiting about a month earlier, I…

Fox News parody of Grand Theft Auto V?You decide.

Weazel News, with its scrolling ticker, nonsensical headlines and red, white and blue logo (with a dash of gray and black) isn’t another cable network parody of the day’s news. It’s best-selling Grand Theft Auto V’s in-game news outlet, offering up sensationalized stories focusing on political races, and even a woman “scaring” the swine flu,…