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World Company Web sites receive national awards

February 21, 2006

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Two World Company Web sites have been singled out as the best in the nation.

The Newspaper Association of America's New Media Federation announced the Eleventh Digital Edge or "Edgie" awards for 2006 in Orlando, Fla.

Lawrence.com was named the best entertainment Web site among newspapers circulation 50,000 or less. It also ranked first for best design and site architecture.

LJWorld.com was named the best overall news site among newspapers 50,000 circulation or less.

Other top winners in their respective circulation categories were the Washington Post, Modesto Bee and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Here's a quote from the judges:

"This year's list of winners includes sites that have made an impressive habit of consistent excellence, such as washingtonpost.com and Lawrence.com."

"I'm just stunned to hear our team's efforts mentioned as consistently great with the likes of the Washington Post," said Dan Simons, president of The World Company's electronics division. "That is amazing, and this isn't a contest of lightweights; 187 of America's best newspapers compete for the awards. Some companies build products to win awards, we build products for the reader and advertiser. In my mind, it is that focus that separates us from others. I'm proud of our team."

Select comments from Edgie judges appear below.

Best Overall News Site

"Repeating as the winner in the Best Overall News Site category, LJWorld.com continues its reign as a strong, clever news provider that has earned its reputation for interactivity, responsiveness and innovation."

Best Design and Site Architecture

"The winner of last year's Best Home Page User Experience category treats its audience to consistent accessibility, intuitive design and great visual order."

Best Entertainment Site

"What makes Lawrence.com so special? Start with the useful and authoritative content, such as ultra timely "Restaurants Open Now" list, move on to fantastic online radio station, head toward the terrific band listings and catch your breath with the extensive video offerings."

Dan Cox, director of World Online, said he and his team were gratified by the awards.

"It's an honor to be recognized for our efforts," Cox said. "We work hard to build the finest Web sites possible for our news, community, and our readers. We are dedicated to continue providing meaningful, informative content and interaction to our readers."

LJWorld.com also earned the 2005 EPpy Award for the Best Internet News Service from Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines. It won the EPpy award for best news site in 2003.

And last year, World Company Web sites collected four "Edgie" awards: LJWorld.com was named Best Overall News Site; Lawrence.com won Best Home Page User Experience, and LJWorld.com/sports won Best Sports Site for its sports sections on LJWorld.com and KUsports.com.

Comments

mcoan 8 years, 10 months ago

Congratulations to all of you LJworld staffers. Pretty amazing for a small town in an embarrassing, redneck state.

christie 8 years, 10 months ago

I agree that this is a really good site. But is it the work of the World Company or is it the work of a few underpaid folks in some dinky office putting this site together and keeping it up.

I suspect the site will go downhill as the LJ World loses its World-Class Designers and Coders to a newspaper that pays them what they're worth. If they're not making 50k+ per year here, they'll be making 50k+ per year somewhere else. Hey kids, don't settle for less.

wilson 8 years, 10 months ago

christie: For the record, we do work for the World Company, in a nice office (with fancy ergonomic chairs, no less). I certainly wouldn't say I was underpaid, and I'd rather work on this newspaper's websites than just about any other newspaper in the country.

badger 8 years, 10 months ago

TOB asked:

"What about best "Message Board Site?" "

What about 'Highest Concentration of Intelligent Bobdom West of the Mississippi River'?

'Most Effective Use of Pleather'?

'Fastest *** INCIDENT Expurgation Known to Man'?

hee

bearded_gnome 8 years, 10 months ago

CONGRATS SITE STAFF!

honestly, I am not surprised by the awards. I do like to gripe at the content sometimes, but the format and as they said "interactivity" and user accessibilty, pretty damned good!

hey, I can even get on and beef about the weather!

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