NAA announces Digital Edge Award winners

The National Newspaper Association today announced the winners of its annual Digital Edge Awards, part of the NAA’s Media Innovation Awards. The awards were presented during the NAA’s Connections conference in Orlando, Fla.

The NAA awards are open to U.S. newspaper websites, and awards are given in three circulation categories, based on papers’ print circulation. The Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World, a multiple Edgie Award winner among small-circulation papers, continued its dominance in the awards, winning for best overall newspaper website, innovative storytelling and for best local guide in its circulation categories. E.W. Scripps’ Knoxville (Tennessee) News-Sentinel won among the mid-sized newspapers, also earning Edgies for design and innovative visitor participation.

Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly won the large-paper award for best overall site for their PolitiFact project, a joint website where Times and CQ reporters fact-check claims made by U.S. presidential candidates.

In addition to announcing the awards, the NAA released a report on the winners, with details and essays from the winning sites. It’s a useful rubric for news site designers looking for inspiration to improve their online publications. Ironically, however, the report is in PDF format, most suitable for, well, printing.

Here are this year’s Edgie winners, in the editorial categories:

Best Overall Newspaper Website, The Lawrence Journal-World/The World Co. (circ. < 75,000), Knoxville News Sentinel (circ. 75,000 – 250,000), St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly (circ. > 250,000)

Best Design and Site Architecture, Naples Daily News (circ. < 75,000), Knoxville News Sentinel (circ. 75,000 – 250,000), Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive (circ. < 250,000) Most Innovative Multimedia Storytelling
24 Hours in Lawrence Lawrence Journal-World/The World Co. (circ. < 75,000) BrokenTrust, Sarasota Herald-Tribune (circ. 75,000 – 250,000)
A People Torn, Minneapolis Star Tribune (circ. > 250,000)

Most Innovative Use of Interactive Media, Amarillo Globe-News (circ. < 75,000) Ultimate Local Band Site and Text Voting Contest, tbt* Tampa Bay Times (circ. 75,000 – 250,000)
The Issues Tracker and HD Video Podcasts, (circ. > 250,000)

Most Innovative Visitor Participation
Creating a Two-Way Conversation with Our Community, Morning News (circ. < 75,000) School Matters News Sentinel (circ. 75,000 – 250,000), Cincinnati Enquirer (circ. > 250,000)

Best Local Guide or Entertainment Site, The World Co. (circ. < 75,000), Austin American-Stateman (circ. 75,000 – 250,000), Minneapolis Star Tribune (circ. > 250,000)

Which online news award means the most?

It’s awards season, and while the writers’ strike is scuttling awards programs in the entertainment industry, the online news business chugs along, handing out awards left and right, as the journalism industry has done for generations.

But which award, if any, matter most to you? Whether you work for an online newspaper, publish a solo blog or manage a discussion forum, we’d like to hear your thoughts about the credibility — and desirability — of several major online news awards.

So cast your vote below, and please leave a thought or two in the comments. (And if you are good, or lucky, enough to have won more than one of these awards, please vote on which one meant the most to you.)

Oakland Tribune leads winners of 2007 Online Journalism Awards

The Oakland Tribune was the only multiple winner in the 2007 Online Journalism Awards, presented this evening in Toronto by the Online News Association and the USC Annenberg School for Communication. The Tribune collected the Knight Foundation Award for Public Service for its feature Not Just a Number on homicide in Oakland. The Tribune also won the award for Service Journalism (small traffic sites) for the same feature.

This year’s general excellence winners were USA Today (large), The Denver Post (medium) and the Ventura County Star (small).

Other winners:
Outstanding Use of Digital Media, small: Wisconsin State Journal, Hip Hop 101
Outstanding Use of Digital Media, large: Discovery Channel, Everest Beyond the Limit
Beat reporting, small: Florida Today, Space Beat
Beat reporting, large:
Breaking News, small: The Roanoke Times
Breaking News, large: Associated Press
Investigative journalism, large: ABC News, Brian Ross Investigates: “The Mark Foley Investigation”
Investigative Journalism, small: Center for Investigative Reporting, Danger On Your Plate
Service journalism, large: Toronto Star
Specialty Journalism, large:
Specialty Journalism, small: Council on Foreign Relations
Commentary, small: Wild Bill,
Commentary, medium: Walt Handelsman, Newsday
Commentary, large: William Saletan, Slate
Student Journalism: Border Beat (University of Arizona) and Our Tahoe (University of Nevada, Reno) [tie]

Next year’s Online News Association annual conference will be held in Washington, D.C.