The News-Sentinel unveiled its redesigned website at news-sentinel.com in January. Tuesday it received a certificate as one of four honorable mentions in the Editor & Publisher 2012 EPPY Awards in the category for best daily newspaper website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors.
The winner in that category was the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World (LJWorld.com).
“This shows how The News-Sentinel is committed to excellence in serving our customers in whatever ways possible to provide the news and information that are important to them and to do it in ways that are easy, convenient and serve their needs,” said Michael Christman, publisher of The News-Sentinel and president and CEO of Fort Wayne Newspapers, the business agent for The News-Sentinel. “We are determined to make our website the best it can be for our readers, the same as we do for our daily newspaper.”
In a typical year, there are more than 400 entries in the contest representing more than 200 websites. The competition included media companies (from any country) that operate Internet services on the World Wide Web. Entries were available on the Internet during the period of April 2011 to August 2012.
The EPPY Awards honor the best media-affiliated websites across 31 categories for websites with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors and those with more than 1 million unique monthly visitors. There is also a category for college and university newspaper websites. The international contest is now in its 17th year.
The News-Sentinel staff has made a special effort since 2011 to make sure news-sentinel.com offers online readers the kind of news and features they want and to make sure news appears on our website as soon as possible. The website has added multimedia presentations as well as content from “community voices” on various topics. It seeks to supplement the daily newspaper products by offering even more content.
“My staff is very deserving of this honorable mention,” said News-Sentinel editor Kerry Hubartt, “because they have worked really hard to produce more and better content for both print and online.”
The EPPY Awards judging was based on several factors as judges looked at sites online: content, design and creativity, friendliness and interactivity, innovation and overall impression.