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Online Media Awards 2012: finalists

New Statesman nominated in two categories.

The shortlists of this year's Online Media Awards have been announced ahead of the 21 June ceremony at the Emirates Stadium in London. With entrants including many of the world's leading websites, the awards identify the most original and creative online news providers from over the last year.

Nominated sites, all in the English language, are judged on categories ranging from the quality of journalism, design, reporting on a regional and national level, multimedia content and photography.

2011's big winner was, taking away six awards including Website of the Year (the Grand Prix), Best Video Journalism and Online Editor of the Year for Gordon Thomson. Smaller publishers were also decorated by the international judging panel, such as (Best Specialist Site) and @naturenews (Best Twitter Feed).

The New Statesman is delighted to have made it through to the final round in two categories this year - Online Editor of the Year (Jon Bernstein, NS Deputy Editor) and Best Commentary/Blogging. Here are the nominations in full:

Best National News Site

The Guardian
The Sunday Times
The Times
Best Site for news-led Journalism
BBC News website
Los Angeles Times
The Guardian
Mail Online
New York Times
Sky News
The Sun
The Sunday Times
The Times
Wall St Journal
Washington Post

Best Specialist Site for Journalism
The Economist
Financial Times
Guardian Datastore
International Network of Street Papers
Nature News and comment
Press Gazette
Reuters Breakingviews
Red Online
Best Technical Innovation
The Guardian

Best Designed site

Red Online
The Sunday Times
Thomson Reuters Foundation
For AlertNet - The World's Humanitarian News Site
The Times
For The Times iPad app
Trinity Mirror Regionals
For WalesOnline

Best Local/Regional News Site
Manchester Evening News
Northcliffe Digital

Best Video Journalism

BBC News
IOP Publishing
For Physics World
Thomson Reuters Foundation
The Times
The Sunday Times

For iPad edition

Financial Times for FT web app
Newsquest South west London for Croydon Guardian e-Xtra
The Times for The Times Word Nerd
Best Twitter feed
BBC News
For @BBCBreaking
Comic Relief for @sportrelief
The Guardian for Paul Lewis @paullewis
Nature Publishing Group For @NatureNews
Yahoo! For @YahooOmgUK
The Times for @timesfashion
The Sunday Times for @TheSTStyle

Best Use of Crowd Sourcing or Citizen Journalism

BBC News website for BBC UGC hub for Syria protests
Blottr for the people powered news service
The Guardian for Guardian coverage of the England riots
Mindful Money
The Times for The Times' Cities Fit for Cycling

Best use of Photography

The Times
The Sunday Times
Best Use of Social Media
AOL Huffington Post Media Group
Company Magazine
The Guardian
Press Gazette
South Wales Argus
The Times

Best Brand Development

For Student Nursing Times
The Times
Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism
Exaro News
International Business Times UK
Press Gazette
The Sunday Times
The Times

Best Commentary/Blogging

Channel 4 News
For FactCheck
The Huffington Post UK
New Statesman
Reuters Breakingviews
Trinity Mirror Regionals
For Dale Street Associates
The Times

Best Commercial Innovation

Mindful Money
Newsquest South west London
For School Correspondents
The Times

Digital Writer of the Year

Andrew Pugh, Press Gazette
Murad Ahmed, The Times

Online Editor of the Year

Ananyo Bhattacharya, Chief Online Editor, Nature News & Comment
Carla Buzasi, Editor-in-chief, AOL Huffington Post Media Group
Carrie Tyler, Editor,
Dominic Ponsford, Editor, Press Gazette
Gordon Thomson, Editor, The Sunday Times
Jon Bernstein, Deputy Editor, New Statesman
Tom Whitwell, Online Editor, The Times
Steve Herrmann, Editor, BBC News website

Website of the Year (Grand Prix)

Announced at the Awards ceremony in June.

Chairman’s Awards

Chosen by the chairman of the judging panel, Noel Young, as his personal favourite and announced at the awards ceremony in June.


Alice Gribbin is a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was formerly the editorial assistant at the New Statesman.