May 27, 2008
The Press-Enterprise's PE.com Among Best Community Web Sites
RIVERSIDE , Calif. , May 27, 2008 - For the fourth consecutive year, The Press-Enterprise and PE.com landed a spot among the finalists in the 13th annual EPpy(TM) Awards competition. This year, the multimedia company was among such sites as The Enquirer's Cincinnati.com and The Denver Post in the category of Best Community Web Site With Fewer Than 1 Million Unique Monthly Visitors.
The Press-Enterprise was the only local media company in Southern California among finalists in all categories.
The 2008 EPpy(TM) Awards honor Internet sites affiliated with the media industry, including newspapers, television, radio and magazines, as well as college newspapers in specific categories. The winners are chosen by a team of about 40 industry and academic experts selected by the management of Editor & Publisher magazine and Mediaweek. Judging considerations included ease of use, appearance, timeliness, comprehensiveness and interactivity.
"We have strived to make The Press-Enterprise a multimedia company serving our region 24/7 with news and information," says Maria De Varenne, editor and vice president of news. "We want to give readers and our PE.com users news when they want it and how they want it, whether it's through the printed newspaper, text messaging, video or our breaking-news blog online. We're pleased those efforts are being recognized on a national level with the EPpy announcement."
"The company has undergone significant realignment of resources and increased training to respond to and better serve the rapidly changing media habits of consumers in the Inland Southern California region. The enhancements to PE.com have resulted in significant growth of unique visitors and site usage. Its online audience of unique visitors has grown to nearly 900,000, a 79% increase over the previous year," says Ginger Neal, vice president of Interactive and Business Development.
As a media company, The Press-Enterprise's total weekly print audience also has seen gains in the past year, up 5.5% to 825,596, according to the latest Scarborough research report. Of the five largest circulation newspapers in the Los Angeles DMA, it was the only one that demonstrated year-over-year readership growth.
Winners of this international competition were announced at an awards ceremony at the Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show on May 15, 2008, at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Visit http://royal.reliaserve.com/eppy/finalists.html for a full list of 2008 finalists by category.
About the Press-Enterprise Company
The Press-Enterprise Company, a Riverside-based subsidiary of AH Belo Corp., is a multimedia company serving Inland Southern California. The company publishes news and information in print and online via The Press-Enterprise, the region's largest daily newspaper with 164,189 Monday through Friday circulation and 172,730 Sunday circulation; PE.com, the region's largest local online Web site; and, more than 30 micro-local community-based Web sites. Other print and online products include: The Business Press, a weekly business journal; La Prensa and El D, weekly Spanish-language newspapers serving the region's diverse Hispanic community; and the advertising publications PE.cars, PE.homes, PE.WOW, PE.jobs and Savings Express.
About AH Belo Corporation
A H Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a distinguished news and information company that owns and operates four daily newspapers and 12 associated Web sites. A. H. Belo publishes The Dallas Morning News, Texas' leading newspaper and winner of eight Pulitzer Prizes since 1986; The Providence Journal, the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the U.S. and winner of four Pulitzer Prizes; The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.), serving southern California's Inland Empire region and winner of one Pulitzer Prize; and the Denton Record-Chronicle. The Company publishes various specialty publications targeting niche audiences, young adults and the fast-growing Hispanic market. A. H. Belo also owns direct mail and commercial printing businesses. Additional information is available at www.ahbelo.com or by contacting Maribel Correa, director/Investor Relations, at 214-977-2702.