SOURCE: Digital First Media, Inc.
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Oct 31, 2012) - Digital First Media, which operates MediaNews Group, Journal Register Company and Digital First Ventures, won nine 2012 EPPY Awards, Editor & Publisher's annual honors for the best media-affiliated websites.
The Salt Lake Tribune was honored as the co-winner of Best Daily Newspaper Website (with more than 1 million monthly unique visitors).
Digital First Media's multi-newsroom collaborative site American Homecomings -- which chronicles the lives of returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars -- was named Best Community Service of a Media-Affiliated Website (with less than 1 million monthly unique visitors).
The Denver Post received multiple EPPY honors including Best Spanish-Language Newspaper Website (with less than 1 million monthly unique visitors) for VivaColorado.com. The Denver Post was also honored for Best Crowd Sourcing/Citizen Journalism (with less than 1 million monthly unique visitors) for NextGen.YourHub.com -- the Post's "next generation" community engagement site produced by the Newspapers in Education staff.
Denver was also honored for Best Business Blog (with less than 1 million monthly unique visitors) for The Balance Sheet; Best Entertainment Blog (with less than 1 million monthly unique visitors) for Reverb; and for Best Sports Blog (with less than 1 million monthly unique visitors) for First and Orange which focuses on the Denver Broncos.
The New Haven Register in New Haven, Conn. and The Register Citizen in Torrington, Conn. were honored for a Digital First Media collaborative effort under Best News/Political Blog (with less than 1 million monthly unique visitors) for coverage of Connecticut's 5th District Congressional Race.
Digital First Media's automotive portal FYIDriving was also named Best Automotive Website (with less than 1 million monthly unique visitors) by EPPY judges.
"Digital First Media is extremely honored to have earned nine EPPY awards. To see such a wide range of content honored from all areas of the company is truly impressive," said Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief of Digital First Media. "The breadth and scope of the work honored shows the range of journalistic skills Digital First Media has across the company."
Digital First Media was nominated for a total of 25 EPPY awards, including the following 16 finalists:
The Denver Post:
The San Jose Mercury News:
- Best Daily Newspaper Website (1 million unique monthly visitors and over).
- Best News or Event Feature (1 million unique monthly visitors and over) for The Cost of Dying which examined the cost of medical care and other end-of-life issues impacting families in the Bay Area.
- Best Enterprise/Investigative Video (1 million unique monthly visitors and over) for the Cost of Dying video shot by photojournalist Dai Sugano that accompanied reporter Lisa Krieger's report.
- Best News Video (1 million unique monthly visitors and over) for video by Mr. Sugano entitled Lost Voices of September 11 that was part of the newsroom's coverage of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and focused on Flight 93 hero Mark Bingham's mother who was able to retrieve 44 messages left on his cell phone the day of the attack.
- Best Business Blog (under 1 million unique monthly visitors) for Levi Sumagaysay's Good Morning Silicon Valley blog.
The Salt Lake Tribune:
- Best Sports Website (under 1 million unique monthly visitors).
- Best Use of Social Media for News Services (1 million unique monthly visitors and over).
The York Daily Record and Sunday News:
- Best Community Service on a Media-Affiliated Website (under 1 million unique monthly visitors) for Finding Their Way Out which continued to track the impact of the Red Lion school shooting of 2003.
The New Haven Register in New Haven, Conn. and The Daily Freeman in Kingston, N.Y.:
- Best Crowd Sourcing/Citizen Journalism (under 1 million unique monthly visitors) for coverage of Hurricane Irene where both newsrooms utilized multiple crowdsourcing methods to keep area residents informed of flooding, power outages and storm damage during the days and weeks following the hurricane.
About Digital First Media
Digital First Media (www.DigitalFirstMedia.com) is headquartered in New York City, and jointly manages MediaNews Group and Journal Register Company. Digital First Media reaches 61.5 million Americans each month through more than 800 multi-platform products across 18 states.
About MediaNews Group, Inc.
MediaNews Group, Inc. (www.medianewsgroup.com) is the nation's second largest newspaper company as measured by circulation, with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. MediaNews Group and its affiliated companies publish 57 daily newspapers and more than 100 non-daily publications in 11 states.
About Journal Register Company
Journal Register Company is a leader in local news and information in 10 states. The Company's more than 350 multi-platform products reach an audience of 21 million people each month. For more information visit the company website at www.JournalRegister.com.
About Digital First Ventures
Digital First Ventures (DFV) is focused on helping media entrepreneurs incubate, accelerate and validate their start-up companies in the news, content, sales and audience development space. As a division of Digital First Media -- which operates more than 800 media products serving 61.5 million customers each month and annual revenues of more than $1.4 billion -- DFV is ideally suited to accelerate value creation for media start-ups.