WNYC, WNYC's Data News team and Transportation Nation have won one of the most prestigious awards in journalism: the Online News Association award for breaking news during storm Sandy. Other winners included the Guardian for its work covering the NSA and the Boston Globe for reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing.
During the storm, WNYC.org provided a continuous series of updates through twitter feeds, reporter dispatches, live interviews, and listener call-ins, many of them from listeners who had no news source other than their radios and whose comments and predicaments were incorporated into online coverage. Of particular note were the Data News department's maps of evacuation and flood zones, and Transportation Nation's near constant updates on the region's hobbled transportation system, most notably through its transit tracker. ONA called WNYC "the go-to source for the entire storm." WNYC "killed it," ONA said.
According to the ONA press release: "Launched in 2000, the OJAs are administered by the Online News Association, in partnership with the University of Miami’s School of Communication, and are the only comprehensive set of journalism prizes honoring excellence in digital journalism, focusing on independent, community, nonprofit, major media and international news sites."
Editors Caitlin Thompson, Caitlyn Kim, and Producer Alana Casanova-Burgess were singled out for their work pulling together WNYC's coverage.