min Announces Winners of Best of the Web Awards & Digital Hall of Fame

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In a year when breaking through the clutter online and engaging meaningfully with readers was more difficult than ever, a few dozen magazine brands rose to the top, garnering the Best of the Web honors last Thursday by Media Industry Newsletter at the annual awards luncheon.

While the business models and sheer promotional heft of other media continue to challenge magazine brands online, our platform started to find its place in this complex digital eco-system

In a year when breaking through the clutter online and engaging meaningfully with readers was more difficult than ever, a few dozen magazine brands rose to the top, garnering the Best of the Web honors by Media Industry Newsletter at the annual awards luncheon. New York Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, Self Magazine, Computerworld and TV Guide are among the winners of this year's min's Best of the Web Awards, which were presented last Thursday at a sold-out awards luncheon at the Grand Hyatt. The event also included the second annual induction into min's Digital Hall of Fame: Four industry luminaries were recognized for their pioneering contributions to magazine new media.

The winners were saluted by nearly 500 media executives at the awards luncheon, and are profiled in the annual min Best of the Web Awards issue. "While the business models and sheer promotional heft of other media continue to challenge magazine brands online, our platform started to find its place in this complex digital eco-system," writes min Digital Media Editor Steve Smith in the Best of the Web issue, which is available at http://www.minonline.com.

The Digital Hall of Fame inductees include Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired; Ned Desmond, president of Time Inc. Interactive; Michael Rogers, futurist-in-residence for The New York Times Company; and Steve Weitzner, president & CEO of CMP Technology.

The Best of the Web awards - the only competition that singularly heralds magazine excellence online - honors both consumer and business-to-business magazines, and now for the first year recognizes the Digital Media People of the Year. Jacob Weisberg, editor of Slate Magazine, and Paul Maidment, editor of Forbes.com, were the winners in the Web Site Editor of the Year category. Vivek Shah, president of digital publishing at the Time Inc. business and finance network, took home the Web Publisher of the Year honors for Content; while Bill Shaw, publisher of SmartMoney.com, won the Sales Publisher award, and Jock Agorastos, online account manager with nymag.com, took first place as Online Sales Producer. Rounding out the Top Digital People awards is Dmitry Paperny, who was named best Web Designer for his work on Time Inc. Interactive sites.

Judges in the Best of the Web Awards included executives at a handful of consumer and b2b magazines, several digital media consultants, and members of the min editorial team.

First-place winners in the Best of the Web Awards, which honors online excellence for calendar year 2006, are:

  • Americanbaby.com
  • Broadcast Engineering
  • Computerworld
  • CondeNet/Men.style.com
  • CondeNet/Epicurious.com
  • DDI Magazine
  • Hachette Filipacchi/Elle.com
  • Hanley Wood LLC/ebuild.com
  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • The Knot Inc.
  • NYmag.com
  • Sporting News
  • Newsweek.com
  • Nielsen-Contract Connected
  • Penton Media/WardsAuto.com
  • People
  • Rodale/Backpacker.com
  • Self
  • Slate
  • TV Guide.com

View the complete list of winners' campaigns and the Honorable Mentions at http://www.minonline.com.

The awards luncheon, which featured keynote speaker David Liu, co-founder of The Knot, was held during the min day Summit at the Grand Hyatt in New York, where hundreds of media executives gathered to discuss best strategies for leveraging their magazine brands online. View the winners by category at http://www.minonline.com. The Summit and Luncheon sponsors included BPA, Fast Search, Foster Reprints, FuturPublish, Medialink, Myles Mellor Crosswords, Readex Research, Texterity, and Talkpoint.

The Best of Web awards are presented by min, min's b2b and min's Digital Media Report, publications of Access Intelligence LLC. The min family of products also includes min magazine, min's Advertising Report, Sales Executive of the Year Awards, Integrated Marketing Awards, Hottest Launches Awards and http://www.minonline.com. Sister publications include PR News, CableFAX Daily, Wireless Business Forecast, Defense Daily and more than 50 other products serving the business community.

CONTACT:
Amy Jefferies
301-354-1699
ajefferies(at)accessintel.com
http://www.minonline.com
View Best of Web Award Winners at http://www.minonline.com

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