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Update: Variety didn’t win: did. But losing to them is a great honor—like making it to the end of a video game but succumbing to the big boss. We were also competitors in the categories of “Best Internet Business Service (less than 1 million unique visitors)” and “Best Internet Entertainment Service (less than 1 million unique visitors)” but not “finalists” perhaps because there were not enough competitors.  We also didn’t quite win in those, but I must assume we came in second 😊

On Friday, was named one of four finalists for best overall newspaper site with less than 1,000,000 monthly visitors in the 2003 EPpy Awards competition.

Variety is, as far as I can tell, the only entirely paid-subscription site to be nominated in any category.

Says the release: “The EPpy Awards, which are now in their eighth year, identify and honor the best work in the Internet field by media outlets, including newspapers, radio, and broadcast/cable TV. EPpy winners will be announced at the Interactive Media Conference and Trade Show, May 7-9, 2003 at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego.

“The 2003 EPpy Awards competition, which attracted more than 400 entries this year, is sponsored by Editor & Publisher (E&P) and MediaWeek magazines.”

Best Overall Newspaper-affiliated Internet service with monthly unique visitors

< 1 million - Variety - News 9 and The Oklahoman - Cape Cod Online - The Commercial Appeal

This is pretty exciting for me, and is the third significant award Variety has won in the past year.



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