Some quick in-house news: We were honored to find out this morning that we have three finalists in the Online News Association’s Online Journalism Awards, which recognize “innovation and excellence” in digital journalism.

The categories are:

General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small Site. We’re up against some mean, and humbling, competition: fellow nonprofits ProPublica, which this year nabbed a Pulitzer Prize, and The Texas Tribune, which is a lot like us except is focused on public policy in the big old state of Texas.

(The awards aren’t for online-only sites, so print organizations with websites compete as well.)

Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Reporting, Small Site. In this category, our Out of Reach investigation into the county of San Diego’s provision of social services goes up against The Vancouver Sun, The Center for Public Integrity, and a collaboration between ProPublica, The New Orleans Times-Picayune and Frontline.

Online Topical Reporting/Blogging, Small Site. Emily Alpert’s work in creating a community around education coverage through in-depth reporting, blogging and Twitter goes up against The Center for Public Integrity, Florida Today, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

ONA has the full list of the awards on its site.

We’re honored to be mentioned in such company and send a hearty congratulations to all the finalists. Winners will be named on Oct. 30. Wish us luck. We’ll need it.

Please contact Andrew Donohue at or 619.325.0526. Follow him on Twitter: @AndrewDonohue.

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