Winning the ONA’s Online Journalism Award was “very rewarding and encouraging,” Dance said. It not only created a buzz of excitement in the US office, but the team also took it as confirmation that readers are engaging with the same issues that the site feels strongly about and chooses to put at the heart of its news agenda.

Full disclosure: Anna Codrea-Rado is a former employee of Guardian News & Media.


Anna Codrea-Rado is a digital media associate at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her on Twitter @annacod.