Best Local Community Web Site: 1st Place
Judge’s Comments: Thisweeknews.com offers its community a variety of services and features. With a Web-First approach, all stories, photos, videos, etc. are posted on the site as soon as they are completed. This site even created a new site for a neighboring community. Seeing that the community was underserved in regards to local content, they generated a new site without incurring many expenses. This resulted in doubling the online revenue for the company. The community responses for the sites are high and the sites are easy to use and offer a clean design.
Best Site Architecture and Overall Design: 3rd place
Judge’s Comments: Thisweeknews.com has a clean, user-friendly layout. The toolbar options are intuitive and easily navigated. The site offers a variety of ways for users to post content and has a fair response from users. Whitespace is used properly throughout the site. Overall, the site has a clean, consistent feel.
Best Multimedia Initiative: 2nd place
Judge’s Comments: Thisweeknews.com offers an audio feature called Friday Night Live, led by its sports staff. It includes recorded game previews as well as mid-game and post-game audio podcasts. Slideshows of the game are posted to the Web site soon after the game has ended. The site features a game of the week, which is offered in full-length video format. Overall, the site offers a variety of audio and video pieces to suit a variety of users needs