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Websites of the Sun, Las Vegas Weekly win top honors

Updated Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 10:16 p.m.

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The Las Vegas Sun’s website was honored Thursday as the best news website in its size class by Editor & Publisher magazine.

LasVegasSun.com won three top prizes and was a finalist in four other categories for the 2010 EPpy Awards, the premier international awards for media-affiliated websites and blogs.

The newspaper’s sister publication, Las Vegas Weekly, won an EPpy for Best Regional Magazine-Affiliated Website. Both publications are part of the Greenspun Media Group.

The Greenspun Media Group and National Public Radio’s NPR.com each took four EPpys, more than any other media companies.

EPpys were presented at the 21st annual Editor & Publisher Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The conference is held each year in a different city.

Awards were judged by a panel of 68 media professionals, including two from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the winners were picked by the staff of E&P.

“I am thrilled for our entire news team,” said Brian Greenspun, Sun editor and chairman of The Greenspun Corporation. “Almost every news organization in the country is trying to figure out how to deliver the most credible information to our citizens and deliver it the way they want to receive it.

“These EPpys are a tribute to our team and its efforts to lead the way forward. We are very proud of their efforts.”

Rob Curley, senior editor — digital for Greenspun Media Group, said “everyone has worked so hard and it’s been kind of a tough year, so it’s really exciting to see other journalists say that the Las Vegas Sun is doing some of the most interesting and innovative things out there.

“I’m so proud of how all of the folks in our newsroom have worked together to not only achieve this, but be rewarded in this way for it.”

The Sun’s website won the honor for Best News Website with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors. Other nominees in that size class were Automotive News, Crain Communications; NationalJournal.com, National Journal; and TCPalm.com, Scripps Treasure Coast Media.

The award for Best News Website with more than 1 million monthly visitors went to NPR.com. Others nominated in that category were ABCNews.com; CNET News, CBS Interactive; FT.com, London-based Financial Times.

LasVegasSun.com tied with CBS Interactive’s CBSMoneyWatch.com in the category of Best Use of Video in a Media-Affiliated Website with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors. In the more than 1 million unique monthly visitors categories, the Best Use of Video award went to Krulwich on Science, NPR.org.

The Sun’s website also won the award for Best Web Special Feature — Enterprise with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors for its series "Bottoming Out — Gambling Addiction in Las Vegas." Other finalists in that size class were “After the Great Recession,” CBS Interactive; “Saluting American Valor,” Stephens Media; and “Under 21,” Roanoke Times. The EPpy in that category in the size class of more than 1 million unique monthly visitors went to “Behind the Veil,” from the Toronto-based Globe and Mail.

LasVegasWeekly.com was named Best Regional Magazine-Affiliated Website. The other finalist in that category was Sunset.com, Sunset Publishing Corp. The Best National Magazine-Affiliated Website went to Time.com, Time magazine.

LasVegasSun.com was named a finalist in four other categories: Best Newspaper-Affiliated Website with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors, Best Design of a Website with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors, Best News or Politics Blog (The Kats Report) and Best Sports Website with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors.

The field of winners in the competition also included websites from the London-based Financial Times, the Houston Chronicle, Time Magazine, CNN and USA Today.

Last year, for the second consecutive year, the Sun’s website won an EPpy as the best overall newspaper-affiliated website in its class nationally.

LasVegasSun.com also won first place in the category Best Web Special Feature News or Event, for its multimedia section dedicated to the history of Las Vegas.

Also last year, LasVegasWeekly.com was named the best entertainment website for those with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors.

The Sun also won two awards in 2009 from the international Online News Association: General Excellence in Online Journalism, Medium Site, and Multimedia Feature Presentation, Medium Site, for Quenching Las Vegas’ Thirst.