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News and Awards

The Marshall Project Wins Two Online Journalism Awards

The Marshall Project won General Excellence in Online Journalism for a medium-sized newsroom at the 2023 Online News Association awards.

The Marshall Project has won a 2023 Online Journalism Award for General Excellence in Online Journalism in the medium-sized newsroom category.

The criminal justice journalism outlet won the award based on several entries: its “Inside Story” video series, “Violation” podcast, “The Mercy Workers” article, an investigation into New York prison guards, and its local reporting in Cleveland.

The Marshall Project also won the Online Journalism Award for a Feature in the medium newsroom category for staff writer Maurice Chammah’s piece, “The Mercy Workers.” The product of three years of reporting, Chammah’s feature takes a rare look at the little-known profession of “mitigation specialists,” who attempt to save prisoners from the death penalty. They unearth childhood trauma, mental illness, broad policy failures, and other material that persuades juries, and sometimes even prosecutors, to choose less severe sentences.

”We are honored to be recognized with these prestigious awards and congratulate other winners and finalists,” said Susan Chira, editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project. “We’re so proud of our staff, who labor to expose abuses and find innovative ways to make sure people directly affected by the criminal justice system also see our work.”

The Marshall Project also earned five other finalist spots in this year’s Online Journalism Awards:

The Marshall Project has previously earned several Online Journalism Awards for its reporting and investigations. In 2020, the organization received four Online Journalism Awards: General Excellence in Online Journalism in the Small Newsroom category for the second time, the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Explanatory Reporting and Excellence and Innovation in Visual Digital Storytelling. In 2021, The Marshall Project’s series on police dogs, “Mauled,” won the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships. And in 2022, “‘No Light. No Nothing.’ Inside Louisiana’s Harshest Juvenile Lockup” won the award for Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships.

The awards, granted by the Online News Association, honor excellence in digital journalism by news organizations around the world.