BBC New Online lands eight European accolades

BBC News Online dominated the winners’ list at the NetMedia European Online Journalism Awards, carrying off eight of the 21 prizes available.

Dr David Whitehouse, the BBC’s science correspondent, won the best news story broken on the net category for an article on asteroids. This is the fourth year running that he has scooped the prize.

The outstanding contribution to online journalism in Europe award went to Mike Smartt, editor-in-chief of BBC News Interactive. FT.com won the best investigative reporting category. The accolade was for its special report on weapons of mass destruction, which was put together by a team of 15 journalists and production staff.

Tracy Corrigan, editor of FT.com, said: “The special weapons of mass destruction report is journalism at its best, and an outstanding achievement for the team involved.”

Journalists from 20 European countries entered the competition, notching up 1,014 entries.

Internet journalist of the year was Vincent Landon, science correspondent of Swiss Radio International, for his story on the impact of malaria on children in developing countries.

Best overall journalism service was LaMalla.net, the news and current affairs portal for the Barcelona region.

The awards were presented at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

Other winners were:

Best news story: Europe moves east, Andreas Tzortzis, Arne Woll, Deutsche Welle.

Best feature story: Marconi chiefs feel heat of vengeance, Mike Verdin, BBC News Online.

Best investigative reporting: Weapons of mass destruction special report, Stephen Fidler, Mark Huband, Farhan Bokhari, Jimmy Burns, Andrew Jack, James Kynge, Alexander Nicoll, Carola Hoyos, Andrew Ward, Judy Dempsey, Rhoula Khalaf, Guy Dinmore and Geoff Dyer (reporters), Eoin Callan and Emma Jacobs (production), FT.com.

Best news design and navigation: BBC war in Iraq coverage, BBC News Team, BBC News Interactive; IWPR galleries of war and peace, Srdan Pajic (webmaster/designer), Heidi Bradner, James Hill (photographers), Institute for War & Peace Reporting.

Best general news presentation: War in Iraq and post-war coverage, BBC News Online.

Best innovation in online journalism: Transitions online, Jeremy Druker (director/editor-in-chief), Eugen Babau-Iladi (deputy director), Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter (managing editor), Aleksandar Brajanoski (internet development manager).

Best use of multimedia: The artists behind the panels, Peter Becher, Mikkel Lysgaard, Danish School of Journalism.

Best use of mobile connectivity: LSM 2002 conference report, Guylhem Aznar.

News weblog of the year: The economics of content, Rafat Ali, PaidContent.org.

Science reporting: The malaria business, Vincent Landon (science correspondent), Amy Clark, Kai Reusser (graphic designers), Ayar Ibrahim (webmaster), Swissinfo/Swiss Radio International.

Business & economics reporting: Rentepolitikken (Monetary policy), Erik Bolstad, Hedvig Bjørgum, Jean Erik Bjørnskau, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.

Financial reporting: The Enron affair, Steve Schifferes, Tim Weber, BBC News Online.

Environment reporting: Romania: gold dig sparks controversy, Daniela Tuchel, Institute for War & Peace Reporting.

Music & entertainment reporting: Piip-show, Sten Magne Klann and NRK Upunkt, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.

Sports reporting: BBC Sport Online World Cup special site.

Travel reporting: Rutes per Catalunya, Anna Massa, Loli Molero, Anna Garcia, LaMalla.net.

Technology reporting: Digital destinations special report, Alfred Hermida, Ivan Noble, Mark Ward, BBC News Online.

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