2009 Online Awards

BEST LOCAL COMMUNITY WEBSITE: Runner-up
http://www.thisweeknews.com  
An incredible amount of information and utility, thisweeknews.com is one stop shopping for Lewis Center. The multimedia is of high quality, and collectively showcases the attributes of a community.
 
BEST LOCAL COMMUNITY INITIATIVE: 1st place  
http://www.thisweeknews.com/live/content/video/HighSchool_NewsDesk.html
This site is an innovative approach to providing local high schools with a platform for their respective weekly shows featuring high school students. 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.
 
BEST BLOG INITIATIVE: 1st place  
http://blog.dispatch.com/1812nut/
 This is a winning blog 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, as you put it, 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!