Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 | 10:57 a.m.
The Las Vegas Sun's Web site was named a finalist this week in three categories for international annual awards that honor online journalism and multimedia storytelling.
The Online News Association's Online Journalism Awards has named LasVegasSun.com a finalist in the medium site category for General Excellence in Online Journalism. The site competes in the medium category, which includes Web sites that have between 500,000 and 4 million monthly unique visitors.
"This category honors a Web site that successfully fulfills its editorial mission, effectively serves its audience, maximizes the use of the Web's characteristics and represents the highest journalistic standards," the ONA said on its Web site.
Other nominees in the category include spokesman.com, the Web site for the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash.; NewsOK.com, the Web site for the Oklahoman, in Oklahoma City; and thedailybeast.com.
The site also was named a finalist in the Breaking News category for its coverage of a rare snowstorm that blanketed Las Vegas in December 2008. Other finalists include Web sites for the Dallas Morning News, Knoxville News Sentinel and the Oklahoman.
LasVegasSun.com also was a finalist in the Multimedia Feature Presentation category for its coverage of Las Vegas' water shortage, a category that "honors excellence in telling a story to an online audience using multimedia techniques," the ONA said. Other finalists include Web sites for the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal, the Oregonian in Portland, Ore., and the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
A team of 12 journalists met late last month in the Miami area to select the finalists. Winners will be announced Oct. 3 in San Francisco.
Earlier this year LasVegasSun.com was named the best overall newspaper-affiliated Web site in its class nationally for the second consecutive year by Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines.