On Monday (May 21), the Online News Association, journalists.org, opened its annual contest, according to its executive director, Jane McDonnell. ONA has a category for commentary, with three subcategories: Small, Media and Large websites, as well as a Student contest.
The size differences, and all of the rules, are on a separate rules page. Rather than numbers of website hits or visits, this year the ONA bases small-medium-large on the number of “full-time employees dedicated to editorial efforts” (meaning any non-advertising content, not just “editorials”) — fewer than 25, 25-100 and more than 100 staff.
ONA’s 2011 winner for commentary/blogging-large site was Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post (other sizes not listed).
And in 2010, the large site winner for commentary/blogging was Howard Bryant of ESPN, for medium site, Glenn Greenwald of Salon and among small sites, Elizabeth Shean, R.N., of Caring.com.
The contest considers work published between June 16, 2011, and June 15, 2012. Deadline: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 11:59 p.m. Eastern.