July 25, 2001
Belo Interactive's Projo.Com wings Newspaper Association of America's Digital Edge Awards
Dallas, TX -- Projo.com, Belo Interactive's online site affiliated with The Providence Journal in Providence, Rhode Island, was awarded two Digital Edge Awards for Best Classified Use of New Media and Most Innovative Use of Digital Media by the Newspaper Association of America's New Media Federation Friday at its annual electronic media conference held in Washington, D.C..
This year marked the sixth edition of the awards, which recognize the industry's most outstanding news sites, online classified and sales campaigns, public service efforts, e-mail publishing products and innovative digital storytelling.
John Granatino, Belo Interactive's vice president/news and operations, said, "We are gratified by this national recognition of our efforts.
Projo.Com's two awards were for projects that were developed in close affiliation with The Providence Journal.
Those awards, and the five other Belo Interactive finalists, are a strong indication that our sites are producing high-quality content for their news and
Projo.com was presented the Best Classified Use of New Media Award for Wheels, a sub-site of The Providence Journal, which features the area's largest listing of new and used vehicles for sale based on inventory from The Providence Journal classifieds as well as that from Rhode Island Auto Dealers Association members.
The site is also equipped with searchable news, information and industry reviews about new and used automobiles.
Also nominated in this category was InlandEmpireOnline.com, Belo Interactive's online site affiliated with The Press Enterprise in Riverside, California, for its online real estate classifieds.
The award for Most Innovative Use of Digital Media was presented to Projo.com for "href="http://www.projo.com/specials/rightwhales/">Rescuing the Right," a multimedia story that followed the attempts to rescue the endangered right whale off the coast of Nova Scotia in June and July. The online story was produced as a companion piece to a four-part series that ran in The Providence Journal
in October 2000. Projo.com was also nominated for Best Vertical Section and Most Innovative Use of Digital Media:
Features/Enterprise, a category in which DallasNews.com, Belo Interactive's online site affiliated with The Dallas Morning News, was also nominated.
DallasNews.com was also nominated for a Public Service Award for its "Toxic Traps," a three-day series published together with The Dallas Morning News that examined the proximity of public housing to toxic waste sites.
Belo Interactive is a subsidiary of Belo. Belo is one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading broadcasting, publishing,
cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with more than 8,000 employees and $1.5 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 17 television stations (six in the top 17 markets) reaching 13.7 percent of U. S. television households; owns or operates six
cable news channels; and manages three television stations through local marketing agreements. Belo publishes four daily newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA.) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX.). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 34 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. For more information, contact John Granatino, vice president/news and operations of Belo Interactive, at 214-977-4039. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com.