B-Town Blog Awarded ‘Best Hyperlocal Website’ for Second Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, The B-Town Blog was named “Best Hyperlocal Website” by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) at their annual awards banquet Saturday night (May 19).
“This annual contest honors the very best in journalism in SPJ’s Region 10 which includes Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana,” reads a statement on the SPJ website. “We received more than 2,100 entries from more than 250 news outlets and journalists representing Daily Newspapers (small, mid-sized and large dailies), Non-Daily Newspapers, Alternative Newsweeklies, Magazines, TV (two market sizes), Radio and Online.”
Here are the 2011 winners in our category:
- Staff LOL Dudez, LLC “The B-Town Blog”
- Halley Griffin & KOMO News Staff KOMONews.com “Tacoma KOMO”
- Dana E. Neuts iLoveKent.net “iLoveKent.net”
This is another 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.
And now, for the second consecutive year, we’ve been awarded the top prize in our category for the entire Pacific Northwest by our professional journalist peers.
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
- Mark Neuman, Writer/Marketing
- Jack Mayne, Associate Publisher/Writer
- Theresa Schaefer, Sales Manager
- Joy Steele (aka “Missed Congeniality”), Humor Columnist
- Bryan Charles, Intern, Big Picture High School
- Many others!
Over 200 awards were handed out Saturday night (May 19) in a ceremony at the Seattle Renaissance Hotel (download a PDF of all winners here).
Here’s a pic taken by Michael Brunk of our table at Saturday’s awards banquet:
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.