Awarding the best in online journalism

I just finished screening some entries for the 2003 Online Journalism Awards, a four-year-old effort to recognize the best reporting practiced on the Internet.

There's not much I can say about the awards because of my role as a screener (the first stage in the process), but I'd like to help get the word out about this effort. Professional media organizations are well-represented in the list of 2002, 2001, and 2000 winners, but I get the impression that most independent Web sites and weblog publishers don't realize that half of the awards are devoted to them.

To prove the point, in 2001 a one-person site called Theme Park Insider won for its coverage of theme park accidents (and is still on top of the story today).

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