Two online publications associated with USC Annenberg have been nominated for Webby Awards, the leading international award for excellence on the Internet.
Religion Dispatches — a daily online magazine acquired by the school last October that publishes a mix of expert opinion, in-depth reporting, and provocative updates from the intersection of religion, politics and culture — has been nominated in the category "Web: Religion and Spirituality." The site is a Knight Program in Media and Religion project and is under the direction of publisher Diane Winston.
It is the site's third such nomination in four years. Truthdig, which provides expert coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view, has been nominated in the category "Web: Blog-Political."
Journalism Professor Robert Scheer is Truthdig's Editor-in-Chief, alumna Zuade Kaufman is the site's publisher and other USC Annenberg students and faculty, including Vice-Dean Larry Gross, are frequent content contributors. It has won seven Webby Awards since 2007.
Both Religion Dispatches and Truthdig are eligible for two awards in each category: The Webby Award and the Webby People's Voice Award. The former is awarded by a panel of judges, while the other is granted by the public.