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APB Named Best Web News Site
Wins Top Honor From National Press Club

June 13, 2000

By Jim Krane

WASHINGTON (APBnews.com) -- APBnews.com has been named the best journalism site on the Web among U.S. news media, the National Press Club announced today.
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The National Press Club cites APB.

The prize honors the most significant contributions to journalism by online media.

Judges who gave the award to APBnews.com said the Web site was the "best example among the entries of how a site can be of use both to reporters and to the public at large," said Maureen Groppe, chairwoman of the National Press Club's Awards Committee. The award includes a $1,000 prize.

Freedom of Information Award

APBnews.com also won an honorable mention from the prestigious journalism organization under its Freedom of the Press Award category, which recognizes members of the media who have worked to protect freedom of the press.

The club said APBnews.com's work to obtain and post online the financial disclosure forms of all 1,600 federal judges deserved merit.

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Honorable mention for federal judges' disclosure project.

"APBnews.com's tireless fight on behalf of the public's right to know and its excellent coverage of the case on its Web site are worthy of honorable mention, especially since the criminal justice news service's dogged attempt to publicize these documents have risked alienating some in its niche audience," the contest's judges wrote.

Presentation in July

The Freedom of the Press contest was open to all U.S. news media, including newspapers, television, radio and Internet sites, Groppe said.

APBnews.com will be honored during the National Press Club's awards dinner on July 17 in Washington.

APBnews.com announced last week that it was out of money and laid off its staff, although the Web site continues to be produced by volunteers as the company seeks new financing.

Jim Krane is an APBnews.com special projects editor.

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