The 2008 DIgital Edge Award finalists were just announced, and I’m excited to see several World Company sites and projects on there as well as a couple of sites running Ellington and even the absolutely awesome Django-powered PolitiFact.com.
At work we don’t do what we do for awards. We do it to serve our readers, tell a story, get information out there, and do it as best we can. At the same time even being nominated as finalists is quite an honor, and evokes warm fuzzy feelings in this programmer.
Here are the various World Company projects and sites that were nominated (in the less than 75,000 circulation category):
- Most Innovative Multimedia Storytelling: 24 Hours in Lawrence (LJWorld.com)
- Best Local Guide or Entertainment Site: Lawrence.com
- Best Design and Site Architecture: LJWorld.com
- Best Overall News Site: LJWorld.com
Not too shabby for a little media company in Kansas. I’m particularly excited about the LJWorld.com nominations since it hasn’t been too long since we re-designed and re-launched the site with a lot of new functionality. Scanning the finalists I also see a couple of other sites running Ellington as well as several special projects by those sites.
As someone who writes software for news organizations for a living I’m definitely going to take some time this morning to take a look at the other finalists. I’m particularly excited to check out projects from names that I’m not familiar with.