BBC a big winner at online awards

The BBC’s website was a big winner Friday in the second annual Online Journalism Awards, presented by the Online News Association and Columbia University. The British broadcaster won for General Excellence in Online Journalism by a website affiliated with another, non-Internet news organization. The judges said that the BBC’s editors “do an extraordinary job of re-imagining the news product” for the online medium. “They break a lot of news and bring a perspective that’s unmatched and invaluable.” The BBC competed in the final voting against the websites of CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. The winner for General Excellence in the independent website category was the online Slate magazine. The BBC also took the top prize in the ” affiliated category for Breaking News for its coverage of the July 25 crash of the Concorde in Paris.