The Forward Website Garners Official Honoree 'Webby' Award; Site Recognized by 'Oscars of the Internet'

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The Forward, America's most influential Jewish newsweekly, announced that its website, http://www.forward.com, has been selected as an Official Honoree in the 11th annual Webby Awards, the Internet's most respected symbol of success.

Recognition of this caliber draws even more traffic to the site and highlights the level of quality and standards being set for advertisers.

The Forward, America's most influential Jewish newsweekly, announced that its website, http://www.forward.com, has been selected as an Official Honoree in the 11th annual Webby Awards, the Internet's most respected symbol of success.

Presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of the world's leading web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, the 11th Annual Webby Awards received approximately 8,000 submissions, out of which fewer than 15% received this honor of Official Honoree.

The Forward's site was one of only seven entries afforded Official Honoree status. An additional five nominees were named finalists, making http://www.forward.com one of the top 12 finishers in the competition for newspaper websites. Official Honorees for the Webby Awards have been found to meet the following six criteria:

  •     Content - Sites demonstrate engaging, relevant, and audience appropriate material that takes a stand.
  •     Structure and Navigation - Sites with good structure and navigation are consistent, intuitive, and transparent, offering easy access to the breadth and depth of the site's content.
  •     Visual Design - High quality visual design that is appropriate and relevant for the audience and the message it is supporting.
  •     Functionality - The site loads quickly, has live links, and any new technology used is functional and relevant for the intended audience.
  •     Interactivity- Good interactivity allows the user to give, receive, and participate.
  •     Overall Experience - Encompasses content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, and interactivity, while also including the intangibles that make a user stay.

"Our goal has been to create a site that maintains the integrity and depth of America's most influential newsweekly, while using the potential of the Web to expand our coverage and bring readers more timely news," said Ami Eden, Editor of Forward.com and Executive Editor of the Forward newspaper.

"It is a great honor for the site to be named an Official Honoree of the Webby Awards," said David Drimer, Associate Publisher of the Forward. "Recognition of this caliber draws even more traffic to the site and highlights the level of quality and standards being set for advertisers."

About The Forward (http://www.forward.com)
The Forward is widely regarded as American Jewry's essential newspaper of record. Published since 1990, the English language weekly grew out of the legendary Yiddish language Jewish Daily Forward, founded in 1897. The Forward is committed to rigorous reporting and balanced, thoughtful commentary on news, politics and culture in the Jewish world. The Forward's editor, veteran journalist and author J.J. Goldberg, and his staff have enhanced the paper's reputation for incisive, hard-hitting reportage with a populist, progressive spirit that has been the paper's hallmark since its early days. Headquartered in New York, the newspaper is owned by the Forward Association, Inc., a 501(c) (4) corporation. It is published on Fridays and is available on newsstands nationwide, as well as by subscription http://www.forward.com

About the Webby Awards
Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Online Film & Video, and Mobile Websites. Established in 1996, the 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Adobe; The Creative Group; Verizon; AOL Video; dotMobi; Level3; Adweek; Fortune; Reuters; Variety; Wired; IDG: Brightcove; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.

About The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS):
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, business guru and author Tom Peters, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser. The Webby Awards and The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are registered trademarks of International Data Group. For more information, visit http://www.iadas.net.

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