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I mentioned this in yesterday’s Morning Report but wanted to highlight it in its own post:

We were touched by some good news this weekend: One of journalism’s leading institutions, the Online News Association, gave its award for general excellence in the small site category.

The award is given to the organization that “successfully fulfills its editorial mission, effectively serves its audience, maximizes the use of digital tools and represents the highest journalistic standards.”

We were especially humbled considering the other winners and finalists. BBC News won the award for large site, and The Globe and Mail in Toronto won for medium site. I’m still personally trying to figure out how we beat out the other finalists in our category, Pulitzer-Prize winning ProPublica, the Texas Tribune, California Watch and PBS’ Frontline — all of whom inspire and inform our efforts every day. Congratulations to those organizations and all the tremendous work they’ve done.

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