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News.com lands National Magazine Award

CNET's news division wins an award from the American Society of Magazine Editors for general excellence in the online site category.

CNET News.com on Wednesday won a National Magazine Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors for general excellence in the online site category.

This category recognizes outstanding magazine Internet sites, as well as online-only magazines and Web logs, that "reflect an outstanding level of interactivity, journalistic integrity, service and innovative visual presentation."

The winners were announced Wednesday in a ceremony held at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan that was attended by more than 1,300 editors, publishers and guests. It was the second time News.com was a finalist for a National Magazine Award.

Other finalists in the online category were Slate, National Geographic Online, Beliefnet, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Sky & Telescope.

According to the ASME, News.com "covers technology with in-depth, high-quality journalism. With a strong voice, but without being a cheerleader, it exposes the problems and highlights the victories of this changing field. The site's use of multimedia, background reports and innovative presentation techniques helps both the tech-savvy and the merely curious grasp various topics."

"We are all so proud of Jai Singh and the CNET News.com team," said Shelby Bonnie, chief executive officer of CNET Networks, publisher of News.com. "You can't get more prestigious than the National Magazine Awards, and this honor underscores CNET News.com's achievement over the years in setting the bar for excellence in online journalism."

The National Magazine Awards were established by the ASME in 1966 and are associated with the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Some of News.com's other honors this year include:

• A "Maggie Award" from the Western Publisher's Association for "best online article, interview or news story" for a special report titled "Mother of invention," which explored the impact of the Web browser on the 10th anniversary of Mosaic.

• A national award in deadline reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, the largest journalism organization in the United States. The award recognized News.com's coverage of the "MSBlast" worm.

• A finalist for a national "Eppy" award from Editor & Publisher and Mediaweek magazines, honoring the best new media work by media companies. The winners will be announced May 12 in Atlanta.

• News.com staffers Ina Fried and Zoe Barton will be honored in a ceremony on June 22 in New York for being named to TJFR Group's 2004 "30 Under 30" honor roll of individuals "who are under the age of 30 and who have made an impact on this nation's business news profession." TJFR's NewsBios unit is a leading source of information about business journalists and business news organizations.