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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

bearded_gnome 8 years, 1 month 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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Multidisciplinary 8 years, 1 month ago

attention...from the cookie post :

Posted by The_Original_Bob (anonymous) on February 21, 2006 at 9:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Uh oh, been down here reading and the wife just gave me the 5 minute warning!!! Wish us luck!

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Multidisciplinary 8 years, 1 month ago

But, will you be serving GS cookies at the premiere?

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one_more_bob 8 years, 1 month ago

Oh yeah, the screenplay. In the last reel, ***'s head explodes & tiny flying saucers fly out. Fade to black.

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 1 month ago

I wonder how OMB's screenplay of the *** INCIDENT is going. Will he have to change the name not to get sued? Something like the... LOAFERBUILDER ESCAPADE? or FOOTWEARCRAFTSMAN FOLLY?

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Multidisciplinary 8 years, 1 month ago

ROFLMAO badger ! A sleeve of thin mints to you! I should copy that over, too funny.

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badger 8 years, 1 month 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

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Multidisciplinary 8 years, 1 month ago

A relative of mine used to work at LJW setting type long ago. And then they got computers, tossed the typesetters out on their cans. No such thing as finding other jobs within the org.

It was "In with the new technology,see ya boys".

Really sad day for a journalist, to be tossed because of the computer age.

And then the fun part was, the people typing in the ads made all of these mistakes that the typesetters would have caught. He did enjoy that for a long, long time.

That was several lifetimes ago, wasn't it?

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wolfmn58 8 years, 1 month ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

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wilson 8 years, 1 month 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.

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Multidisciplinary 8 years, 1 month ago

Didn't want to say anything, but has anyone been keeping count? Do they have a special writer for that?

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gl0ck0wnr 8 years, 1 month ago

I wish the J-W spent more time covering itself. Perhaps a weekly section?

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christie 8 years, 1 month 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.

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The_Original_Bob 8 years, 1 month ago

What about best "Message Board Site?"

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mcoan 8 years, 1 month ago

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

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