The Webby Awards, hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, are the leading international honor for excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile sites. Winners will be honored at the 14th Annual Webby Gala on June 14 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
"The fact that our fellow nominees included sites we visit daily like The Huffington Post, The Economist, The New Yorker and The Atlantic only makes this news all the more humbling and gratifying, but most important, we’re happy to share this award with our community of readers —our biggest asset and the reason we keep doing what we do," Truthdig said in an announcement.
Besides Scheer (editor in chief) and Kaufman (publisher), Annenberg contributors to the Truthdig team include: managing editor Peter Scheer (B.A. Communication '04); associate editor Kasia Anderson (Ph.D. candidate); editorial assistant John Cheney-Lippold (Ph.D. Candidate); contributor Joshua Scheer (B.A. Communication '03); contributor Larry Gross (School of Communication director); contributor Marc Cooper (journalism professor); and contributor Sandy Tolan (journalism professor).
"This is an unparalleled honor," Webby Awards executive director David-Michel Davies said in his award letter to Truthdig. "With nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and over 60 countries worldwide, the 14th Annual Webby Awards is the biggest in our history and continues to be the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Your work truly represents the best of the Web."
This is Truthdig's second Webby win, having received both the official jury prize and the People's Voice award for Best Political Blog in 2007.
About the Webby Awards:
The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web's infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which includes an Executive 750-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, and Associate Members who are former Webby Award Winners and Nominees and other Internet professionals.