/ 9 April 2008

More honours for Thought Leader

Hot on the heels of winning blog of the year at the SA Blog Awards, the Mail & Guardian Online‘s Thought Leader has been named an “official honoree” by the Webby Awards, alongside blogs by CNN, CBS News, the New Yorker, CNBC, the New York Times, Time magazine and the Observer Media Group.

This puts Thought Leader among the top 11 political blogs in the world and the only blog in its category from outside the United States.

Also, News in Photos, the M&G Online photo portal, was named official honoree in both the newspaper category and the section for best use of photography, alongside the Globe and Mail, New York Observer, Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Sun, Ogilvy Singapore, 360 Cities, Rolex and others.

Hailed as the “Oscars of the internet” by the New York Times, the Webby Awards are the leading international awards honouring excellence on the internet, including websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites.

The 12th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10 000 entries from more than 60 countries and all 50 American states. Out of these entries, fewer than 15% received this honour and were deemed official honorees.

The awards are judged by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a global organisation that includes David Bowie, Harvey Weinstein, Arianna Huffington, AKQA Global creative director Rei Inamoto, Matt Groening, Jamie Oliver, internet inventor Vinton Cerf, and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser.

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