Society Of Professional Journalists Names B-Town Blog ‘Best Hyperlocal Website’
My Oh My! – Saturday night (May 21st) at Safeco Field, The B-Town Blog team hit a major home run when it was named ‘Best Hyperlocal Website’ by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) in their annual awards that covers Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.
“We received more than 2,500 entries from dozens of media organizations throughout the region which were then reviewed and rated by out-of-state judges,” reads the SPJ website. “Congratulations to all of our 2010 SPJ award winners and to the editorial, design and production teams that helped make their work possible!”
This is a huge honor for everyone involved with The B-Town Blog, which was started as a hobby by Founder/Publisher/Editor Scott Schaefer in Dec., 2007, then turned into a full-time business in 2008.
Now, we’ve been awarded the top prize in our category for the entire Pacific Northwest by our journalist peers, and we are humbled by this honor.
Since this is an award for the entire team, some serious shout-outs are required now to everyone who works very hard to make this site the ‘best,’ including:
- Michael Brunk, Photographer/Technical Guru
- *Ralph Nichols, Senior Writer (*also a 3rd place winner in Business Reporting for his series on Burien Town Square!)
- Janet Grella, Sales Diva
- Mark Neuman, Writer/Marketing
- Bart Bryan, Sales Dude/Video Host
- Philip Benais, Intern, Big Picture High School
- Bryan Charles, Intern, Big Picture High School
- Nicholas Johnson, Reporter/Photographer
- Kristen Kerns, Sales
- Lisa Bosques, Sales
- Jack Mayne, Reporter
- Rachel M. Lusby, Writer
- Gina Bourdage, Reporter/Designer
- Francis Zera, Photographer
- Joy Steele (aka “Missed Congeniality”), Humor Columnist
- Shawn Underwood, Humor Columnist
- Theresa Frasch, Sales
- Many others!
Over 200 awards were handed out Saturday night in a ceremony hosted by Jerry Brewer of The Seattle Times and Jen Mueller of Root Sports (download a PDF of all winners here).
Here’s a Michael Brunk pic of the big screen at Safeco Field when we were announced as winners:
About the SPJ
Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities. It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.