SNA Announces 2008 Local Community Web Site Contest Winners

With a record setting number of entries in 2008, our judges for the SNA Local Community Web Site Contest were faced with some very challenging decisions this year. This contest represents the top Web initiatives from community and suburban newspapers across North America. We’re extremely proud of all the Web sites that entered the contest and the amazingly hard work and innovation that goes into creating a winning site.

And the Winners Are…

Taking top honors on the daily side with 21 total awards is Lee Enterprises. Metroland Media Group tops the chart on the weekly side with 35 combined awards. Other impressive performances include: GateHouse Media with 10 awards; Shaw Suburban Media with 8 awards; Ottaway Newspapers and Small Newspaper Group both with 5 awards.

Web Site of the Year

Web Site of the Year applies to any site produced by a local newspaper. Winners in this category provide overall excellence including design, ease of navigation, content, reader interactivity, innovation and advertising.

First place honors for this category, divided into 4 classes, were awarded to:

Class A — sites produced by daily newspapers with a total circulation over 40,000

Class B — sites produced by daily newspapers with a total circulation of 40,000 or under

Class C — sites produced by a non-daily newspaper or group with a total circulation over 100,000

Class D — sites produced by a non-daily newspaper or group with a total circulation of 100,000 or under

Innovator of the Year

Innovator of the Year recognizes an individual who has greatly improved their company’s Web site through innovation, risk-taking, use of new technology and effective marketing.

Daily Newspapers

  • Tim D’Avis, Online Director
    Quad-City Times / Lee Enterprises
    www.qctimes.com
    Judges were impressed with Mr. D’Avis strengthening of qctimes.com employing innovative, forward-looking ideas.

Weekly Newspapers

  • Anne Eisenmenger, Vice President of Audience Development
    GateHouse Media New England / GateHouse Media
    www.wickedlocal.com
    Judges noted how Ms. Eisenmenger led Wicked Local from 3 to 158 sites offering multiple opportunities for community interaction.

We offer a special thank you to Borrell Associates for judging this year’s contest.

Thank you also to Classified Avenue for sponsoring this contest. To learn more about Classified Avenue, contact Deanna Lewis at deanna.lewis@suburban-news.org.

For a complete and detailed list of all the contest winners as well as judges’ commentary, please click here (PDF).