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Summarized by Kent Larsen

NewsNet named 'Best College Online News Service' for second consecutive year
BYU NewsNet 13Feb00 B3
By Julie Howard: NewsNet Staff Writer

PROVO, UTAH -- At the 2000 EPpy awards announced Friday at the 11th Annual Editor &Publisher Interactive Newspapers Conference in New Orleans, BYU's NewsNet online service was again named the best online news service at the college level. This is the second year in a row that NewsNet has been given the award, which has only been given for those two years.

The Editor &Publisher judges looked for sites that best used the Internet, integrating video, audio, text and graphics into the same website. Editor &Publisher is the most important trade magazine for newspapers and magazines.

NewsNet became the first organization to merge its print and broadcast newsrooms into a single entity in 1997, according to John Gholdston, NewsNet's co-managing director. Trish Barker, NewsNet's Web editor, said the integrated newsroom gave NewsNet the edge to win, "The other two finalists we were running against are great, great papers ... but I think the judges were looking for integrated newsrooms. You can't get away with just putting your paper up on the Web anymore -- they're looking for greater depth -- something out of the ordinary."

The judges looked at almost 400 entries in 18 categories, including the college level papers. The other college level finalists were the University of New Mexico Lobo, and the University of Virginia's The Angle (The Cavalier).


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