‘Ventura County Star,’ Other Newspapers, Win Online Journalism Awards

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By: E&P Staff

BBCNews.com and VenturaCountyStar.com won top honors at the Online News Association’s Online Journalism Awards, presented this weekend.

BBCNews.com won the General Excellence in Online Journalism award in the large-sites category for the second time, beating out fellow finalists CNN.com, WSJ.com, and WashingtonPost.com. VenturaCountyStar.com, covering Ventura County, Calif., as both a news site and a community site, won the General Excellence award for small sites, beating PublicIntegrity.org, CQ.com, FrontlineWorld, and POV.

In addition to the Star, other newspaper took home awards:

? WashingtonPost.com won an award for Creative Use of the Medium in the large-site category. The site’s “Defining the Barrier” package, on the Wall Israel is building in the West Bank, was cited for “creativity in storytelling, using both geography and point of view to illustrate the different sides of the conflict over the wall.”

? SignOnSanDiego.com, the Web site of The San Diego Union-Tribune, won the award for Breaking News as a large site for its coverage of the October 2003 wildfires that swept through San Diego County.

? New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof won an award for Online Commentary for a large site. “He’s extending his work to the Web in a significant way, clearly reporting these columns for both media simultaneously,” ONA said. “In the paper you can read his column, online you can feel it.”

? San Jose Mercury News technology columnist Dan Gillmor won the small-site award for Online Commentary for his ‘E-Journal’ blog on SiliconValley.com, covering tech news.

? In the Service Journalism category among small sites, OCRegister.com, the Web site of The Orange County Register, won for “Toxic Treats,” an investigative package looking at the public-health issue of lead in candy.

The complete list of winners and finalists is available at the ONA’s Web site.

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