September 5, 2006
The Dallas Morning News and DallasNews.com Receive APME Journalism Excellence Award for Online Convergence
Paper also receives honorable mention in public service category
DALLAS -- DallasNews.com and The Dallas Morning News, subsidiaries of Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), have been awarded the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) Online Convergence Award for newspapers with circulation exceeding 150,000. The winning entry, for coverage of the South by Southwest (SXSW) music and film festival, can be viewed at http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spe/2006/sxsw/.
George Rodrigue, managing editor of The Dallas Morning News, congratulated the paper's Web and GuideLive teams for their success. "This team gave our audiences a stunning experience, because of the brilliant use of cutting-edge interactive tools even though they faced a tough deadline. It was a true print-Web collaboration, a labor of love," he said.
Laura Sellers-Earl, APME board member and chair of the group's contest committee, summarized judges' comments on the entry, stating, "The site mimicked what the event was, really captured the spirit and what it was all about. The display and navigation were sophisticated, especially in the use of technology and their choices every piece was artfully presented."
The winning entry was selected from among 30 entries in its category. Now in its fifth year, the APME Online Convergence Award recognizes the best story told both in print and online by a large newspaper, exhibiting the best journalistic attributes and linking strong journalism with a creative, innovative Web approach. The contest covered work from June 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006. The Dallas Morning News also received an honorable mention in the public service category for exposing corruption in the Dallas school district's technology department.
APME is an organization of editors, managing editors and online editors of the more than 1,700 newspapers served by the AP in the United States and Canadian Press in Canada.
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About The Dallas Morning News
Established in 1885, The Dallas Morning News is the nation's tenth largest newspaper, serving a weekly print and online audience of more than 2.1 million. The newspaper has received eight Pulitzer Prizes since 1986, as well as numerous other industry awards recognizing the quality of its investigative and feature journalism, design and photojournalism. Its Web site, DallasNews.com, received the Scripps Howard Foundation National Award for Web Reporting in 2005. In 2003, the paper launched the leading Spanish-language daily in North Texas, Al D a; the standard-setting free weekday paper, Quick; and the nation's first editorial blog. The Dallas Morning News is the flagship newspaper subsidiary of Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with 7,700 employees and $1.5 billion in revenues, Belo operates in some of America's most dynamic markets in Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, and Rhode Island and the Mid-Atlantic.