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News.com wins for Excite@Home work

The Society of Professional Journalists awards CNET News.com one of the profession's premier prizes, for a series of articles that chronicled the shutdown of Excite@Home.

CNET News.com on Friday received a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, one of the profession's premier prizes.

News.com won first place in deadline reporting for independent online publications for "Excite@Home winds down," a series of articles that chronicled the shutdown of the once high-flying Internet company. Another winner in the online category, for affiliated publications, was the Los Angeles Times for a feature of a Honduran teenager's repeated efforts to reunite with his mother in the United States. The Times' story also won a Pulitzer Prize earlier this month.

The Society's first national awards honoring excellence in journalism were presented in 1932. In the 2002 contest, 49 winners were named from more than 1,300 entries. The contest is unique in that it honors journalistic excellence in all forms of journalism: newspapers, magazines, television and online. The awards will be presented July 11 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

"These awards honor the best in journalism. These journalists told their readers and viewers what they needed to know about snipers in the D.C. area, about abuses within the Catholic Church and about fires sweeping across Colorado," said Robert Leger, SPJ president and editorial page editor at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader in a statement. "They told important stories, told them well and made a difference. They are an inspiration to all of us."

This is the latest in a string of honors for News.com. In a ceremony at the Boston Globe on Monday, the news site will receive three awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the largest association of journalists in North America that is dedicated to promoting superior coverage of business and economic events and issues.