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Photo by Member Mark Krancer, Kram Kran Photo


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8/13/2023 4:00:00 AM Member News

WJCT Public Media Advances As a Finalist for 2 National Awards

Jacksonville Today is a finalist for two awards for independent online journalism

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — August 10, 2023 — Jacksonville Today has been named a finalist in the Online News Association’s Online Journalism Awards (Excellence in Newsletters - Single Newsletter) and the Local Independent Online News Publishers’ (LION) Local Journalism Awards (Product of the Year). The recognitions follow another national award from the Local Media Association for Best Local Newsletter/Email Strategy in June.

The Online News Association selected Jacksonville Today as a finalist alongside four national and international newsrooms in the Excellence in Newsletters category.  ONA is the world’s largest digital news association, with a mission to inspire and support innovation and excellence in digital journalism. The winner will be announced on August 17, 2023.

The LION Local Journalism Awards’ Product of the Year recognizes newsrooms that developed a successful and creative short-term or long-term product to strengthen their journalistic impact, financial health and/or operational resilience. LION Publishers is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to helping independent news publishers build more sustainable businesses. The winner will be announced on October 3, 2023.

“We’re gratified by this national recognition because it shows that Jacksonville Today’s  work to build a sustainable nonpartisan digital-first local news service is being noticed across the country  but it is the feedback we get from Jacksonville  Today readers each and every day that truly sustains us,” said David McGowan, CEO of Jacksonville Today parent organization WJCT Public Media. 

Jacksonville Today launched in October 2021 as a newsletter that helps readers stay informed, get involved in their community and become more civically engaged — all in a succinct package delivered to their inbox at 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. As of August 2023, the newsletter reaches more than 19,600 subscribers.

Jacksonville Today is supported by individuals, corporations and foundations with an interest in the vital role local journalism plays in civic life. Sign up to receive the newsletter at jaxtoday.org/signup.


About WJCT Public Media:

WJCT Public Media is the community-owned-and-operated public media organization serving Jacksonville and the First Coast since 1958, using television, radio, digital media, and live events to help community members learn, share, and grow. Information on all of WJCT’s  services and programming is at wjct.org