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Prof. Michelle Johnson and Taylor Walker ('15) accept the Online Journalism Association Award for best news coverage by a small web team for the Boston University News Service coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo by Avni Nijhawan/Student Newsroom, ONA13, Atlanta, Ga.

BU News Service wins two ONA Awards


The Boston University News Service was named the winner of two Online Journalism Awards at the 2013 Online News Association Conference. The student-run news service was nominated for the categories of Breaking News, small organization and for the student project category for its continuing coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2012. See the award-winning BU News Service special edition.

A group of 24 industry-leading journalists and media professionals joined together to evaluate the entrants and select the finalists. The ONA announced the award winners at the 2013 ONA Conference and Online Journalism Awards Banquet on October 19 in Atlanta. Journalism professor Michelle Johnson and Taylor Walker (’15) attended the banquet and received the awards on behalf of the BU News Service.

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About the BU News Service

Officially launched on the night of the 2012 presidential election, Boston University News Service is a showcase for work produced by BU’s journalism students. Under the direction of faculty and student editorial staff, student journalists produce a variety of multiplatform stories reporting from the Boston area and our Washington program. In addition to their work appearing on and on social media, it appears in print, online and on-air through our professional media partners.


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