To close out the ONA20 Virtual Conference, in which a number of engaging events were hosted on Shindig, the Online News Association turned to Shindig once again to enable the OJAs -- a resounding finale to the conference. Journalists from around the world convened virtually to honor their colleagues who have excelled in this tumultuous year with a number of prestigious awards recognizing the importance of reporting the truth. Attendees were also able to utilize Shindig’s unique video chat features to mix and mingle with their peers and congratulate the award winners.

Create a top notch virtual awards ceremony to honor high achieving journalism professionals.
Use Shindig’s robust broadcast tools to execute a flawless virtual awards ceremony. Use the video chat backstage feature to prepare the host and presenters for the stage. Provide an opportunity before and after the ceremony for attendees to virtually socialize with their peers.
It was fitting that the Online Journalism Awards were held virtually this year as publications from the New York Times to the South China Morning Post were honored for their commitment to fair and balanced journalism in a time when the truth can be hard to find. Attendees were able to virtually connect with peers and new friends they made throughout the conference in group video chats. Winners were pulled from the audience and brought to the virtual stage with no prior notice, thus capturing the surprise and joy for all to see.