An interactive website on women with disabilities and a long-running print series on missing and murdered Indigenous women win for social justice reporting.
Al Jazeera Digital won the Best Jury Awards at the Online Journalism Awards (OJA) 2022, its latest victories in global competitions.
AJ Contrast, Al Jazeera Media Network’s virtual reality documentary and innovation studio, and Al Jazeera English Online’s Slow Journalism/Features department won the Single Story and Portfolio (series) groups to dominate the Social category OJA Justice Reporting.
AJ Contrast edged out fellow finalists from The New York Times, ProPublica and Univision with Inaccessible Cities, the interactive site that takes audiences into the lived experience of three women with disabilities as they struggle to navigate their lives in Mumbai, Lagos and New York.
More than a billion people – around 15% of the world’s population – have some form of disability. Many of them live in megacities and urban areas.
Inaccessible Cities won a string of awards in 2021 and 2022, including prizes at the Gracie Awards, Drum Awards, One World Media Awards and New York Festivals – and was nominated for the 2022 Emmy News and Documentary.
Al Jazeera English Online’s Slow Journalism/Features unit also won the Social Justice Portfolio category for its long, in-depth reads on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
The series, encrusted with rich graphics, photography and video testimony, follows family members as they attempt to find the remains of loved ones who have disappeared along Canada’s “Highway of Tears”.
Since the early 1970s, some 80 mostly Indigenous women and girls have been killed or missing on the infamous snow-swept stretch of highway in British Columbia.
The series also won the top prize for digital reporting at this year’s Edward R Murrow Awards.
“We are very proud of our hardworking teams at AJ Contrast and Slow Journalism,” said Carlos van Meek, Al Jazeera’s director of digital programming and innovation. “Their reporting sets a high standard for quality journalism that is as relevant as it is empathetic and deeply moving. We congratulate them.
The OJA is sponsored by the parent organization, the Online News Association (ONA). Winner announcements were made live in Los Angeles and via Twitter at the ONA’s annual conference on September 22.