NewsOK.com recently was selected as "Best Website" and The
NewsOK won in the "50,000 and over" circulation category, the largest one in the contest. SNPA gives its top prize to the website with the best overall approach.
"In determining awards in this category," SNPA says, "judges didn't consider how many hits a website attracts. Instead, they looked at the overall Internet experience that a reader coming to the page should expect to have. Honors were awarded based on ease of navigation, search capabilities, attractive design, a promotional avenue for the print product, plus any extras offered by the site."
Kelly Dyer Fry, vice president of the News and Information Center, said: "Peer recognition is always important to us, but reader affirmation matters most. NewsOK has steadily grown through the years and that is the best honor we can receive."
Here are the other honors in the SNPA contest:
• Videos: second, for "Stories of the Ages: Depression Era Gangsters." And, honorable mention, for the sports special: "OU Football Preview: It's better to receive."
• Best Use of Multimedia: honorable mention, for "Stories of the Ages: Depression Era Gangsters."
• Best Local Story: third, for the series about Oklahoma politicians who tried to keep secret the birth dates of public employees.
• Feature Photography: honorable mention, for Sarah Phipps' photo of a prayer service at a correctional center.
• Print Quality (Over 100,000 circulation category): second, The Oklahoman.
The competition includes a large number of newspapers in at least 25 states.