Slate, BBC bag Web journalism awards

By : |October 29, 2001 0



NEW YORK: Web magazine Slate.com and the Internet site of the British
Broadcasting Corp. took top honors in the second annual Online Journalism
Awards, selected from among 870 entries from 15 countries.

The awards, announced on Friday, also featured Indian Web site Rediff.com (www.rediff.com)
for its coverage of the Gujarat earthquake in January, and Salon.com (www.salon.com)
for a series of reports on Clear Channel Communications, a powerful force in the
radio industry.

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Despite the honors, Web news offerings have been battered by a sharp downturn
in advertising spending that has shuttered many sites and left others fending
for survival. Salon Media Group Inc., for instance, is fending off a delisting
from the Nasdaq after its stock disintegrated. It now trades for 15 cents a
share.

Sreenath Sreenivasan, administrator of the awards and a professor of new
media at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, said quality has not
suffered despite the downturn. "The showcase of journalism excellence
created by the contest proves that reports of the death of Internet journalism
have been greatly exaggerated," he said in a statement.

Slate.com (www.slate.com), published by technology giant Microsoft Corp., won
the award for general excellence in online journalism by an independent site.
The BBC site (news.bbc.co.uk) was given the same award for affiliated Web sites.
Among other awards, a Web site called ThemeParkInsider (www.themeparkinsider.com)
took the honors in the service journalism category for independent sites for its
report on the safety of amusement parks in the United States.

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