Al Jazeera’s e-magazine wins Webby award
Dubai, May 6, 2013
The Al Jazeera English digital monthly magazine, which showcases the best of Al Jazeera’s journalism from across the globe, has won the Webby People's Voice Award, which honours excellence on the Internet.
The iPad Magazine won the award for the Best News (Tablet), in the Mobile Apps category.
With over 40 per cent of the vote, the digital magazine beat off the NYT, Tech Crunch, Mashable and the Sunday Times, and will be honoured at a ceremony in New York on May 22.
The 2013 Webby People’s Voice Awards saw Internet voters around the world chose the winners, setting a Webby Awards record with votes from over 200 countries and territories.
Will Thorne, acting head of Online at Al Jazeera English, said: “The monthly digital magazines allow us to bring together the best of Al Jazeera’s news and programmes in themes such as the environment, the US elections and Afghanistan. In the few months it’s been around, the feedback we’ve had is that we’ve packaged it in a beautiful and navigationally innovative manner. We’re really grateful to everyone who voted for the magazine to win, it’s a big honour.”
Moeed Ahmed, head of New Media at Al Jazeera Network said: "The award shows how great content coupled with digital innovation wins audiences. Al Jazeera is leading the way in digital innovation and the People's Webby Award highlights what we have achieved".
This is the second time the Al Jazeera Network has won a Webby People’s Voice Award, after The Stream won the Webby People's Voice Award for "News and Politics: Series" in the online film and video category in 2012.
Other awards went to the BBC for their Olympics coverage, Google Maps for their iOS navigation tools, and the New Yorker for the Best writing editorial site, along with Mars Curiosity Rover, Charlize Theron and Red Bull Stratos.
The Webby Awards had more than 10,000 entries again this year, making them the leading international awards honouring websites and web programming. – TradeArabia News Service