ThisWeek Community Newspapers' Web site -- ThisWeekNews.com -- won two first-place awards in Suburban Newspapers of America's 2009 Community Web Site contest.

ThisWeek Community Newspapers' Web site -- ThisWeekNews.com -- won two first-place awards in Suburban Newspapers of America's 2009 Community Web Site contest.

ThisWeekNews.com was second in North America in SNA's best site contest, finishing behind a metro group in Toronto. In 2008, ThisWeekNews.com won top honors.

ThisWeekNews.com earned a first-place win in the Best Local Community Initiative category for its "HighSchool NewsDesk" feature. The video link showcases central Ohio's high school broadcasting classes. High-schoolers in these programs produce their own news shows, which appear on local cable-access channels.

"This site is an innovative approach to providing local high schools with a platform for their respective weekly shows featuring high school students," according to SNA. "It is an example of a news organization taking advantage of the possibilities of the Internet to provide a service in a way that could not be easily accomplished in the pre-Internet age. This site not only provides a platform for aspiring high school journalists but also allows audience members to stay abreast of what is happening at their local schools."

ThisWeek community editor Scott Hummel launched and produced the Web feature, which included Gahanna Lincoln, Newark, Worthington Kilbourne, Thomas Worthington, Grove City, Upper Arlington and Dublin Scioto high schools.

Visit ThisWeekNews.com/live/content/video/HighSchool_NewsDesk.html.

ThisWeek also earned a first-place win for its sports blog, "The 1812 Nut." Blogger Ian Mara takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to "all the (mostly) central Ohio sports your pretty little head can handle."

SNA judges wrote that Mara's blog is a winning initiative "because it offers variable blog content to the reader in ways other blogs lack. While other winning blog initiatives demonstrate a depth of content that is seen mostly in the quantity of bloggers, this blog excels because you have centralized location for exceptional content with ... an occasional picture of an animal wearing people-clothes. While this may seem silly, using multimedia in blogs (i.e., YouTube and photos) is a concept other news blogs are slow to embrace. Nice blog!"

Go to http://blog.dispatch.com/1812nut.

SNA, in awarding the best site prize, said that with "an incredible amount of information and utility, ThisWeekNews.com is one-stop shopping for (central Ohio's suburbs). The multimedia is of high quality and collectively showcases the attributes of a community."

ThisWeek webmasters Stefanie Hauck and Liz Warren are technical operators of the site, with ThisWeek community editor Andy Resnik serving as Web coordinator.