washingtonpost.com Wins Three EPpy Awards

By Christina Pino-Marina
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Friday, May 19, 2006; 6:33 PM

washingtonpost.com, Slate Magazine, and newsweek.com received top honors at the 2006 EPpy Awards at the Editor & Publisher/Mediaweek Interactive Media Conference in Las Vegas Friday.

The three Web sites are owned by Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, which is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.

washingtonpost.com won three awards in categories for Web sites with more than 1 million unique monthly visitors. In the category for Best Overall Newspaper-Affiliated Internet Service, washingtonpost.com beat NYTimes.com and usatoday.com.

The site also won Best Internet Classified Service for its Cars section, and Best Internet Community Service Effort for a database of congressional votes going back to 1991. The three awards were the most won by any single Web site in the competition.

washingtonpost.com was also nominated in two other categories, Best Internet Entertainment Service, and Best Overall Design of an Internet Service.

"This is a validation of what we were trying to do for the past few years, trying to bring down the walls between the journalists and the readers," said Jim Brady, the vice president and executive editor of washingtonpost.com. "We're trying to take the world-class journalism of The Washington Post and merge it with these new media. Almost anything is possible, and we certainly see this as an indication that we're headed in the right direction."

Slate, the online news magazine, won Best Internet News Service over 1 million unique monthly visitors for the second consecutive year, beating The Wall Street Journal Online and CNN.com.

Cliff Sloan, publisher of Slate, said: "We're thrilled to win this recognition for Slate's innovative coverage and original approach. We try to give our readers a fresh take on the world every day, and we're pleased to have our efforts appreciated."

newsweek.com won for Best National Magazine-Affiliated Web Site, beating Forbes.com and BusinessWeek Online.

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