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News.com nets two national awards

CNET News.com wins Sigma Delta Chi Awards in online deadline reporting and investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.

CNET News.com on Wednesday won two national awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the United States' largest journalism organization.

News.com won in the online deadline reporting category for its special coverage "Microsoft's reprieve"; the report focused on the June 2001 court ruling that vacated an order calling for the breakup of the software giant but also determined that the company illegally maintained its monopoly in operating systems.

In the online investigative reporting category, News.com won for "Buying into trouble," which examined database giant Oracle and its business practices as a case study in the chaotic world of corporate software sales.

Other recipients of the SPJ's 2001 Sigma Delta Chi Awards for Excellence in Journalism included The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press, and Newsweek and Time magazines. In the contest, 49 winners were named from 1,396 entries.

Started in 1932, the SPJ's Sigma Delta Chi Award is one of the most prestigious national awards programs for professional journalists and is the second-oldest national journalism awards program in the United States after the Pulitzer Prizes.

Separately, on May 9, News.com reporters Ian Fried and Jim Hu will be honored in a ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange for being named to TJFR Group's 2002 "30 Most Influential Business Journalists Under 30" honor roll. TJFR Group is a leading source of information about business journalists and business news organizations.

The organization's coveted "30 Under 30" accolade recognizes the industry's 30 top up-and-coming business journalists under the age of 30 who demonstrate the highest standards of professional performance in business journalism. Other winners included reporters from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune and Forbes.