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APB Wins Two NYC Press Club Awards
Best Online News Coverage and Best Spot News

June 20, 2000

NEW YORK (APBnews.com) -- APBnews.com has won two top honors in the New York Press Club's year 2000 journalism awards program.

NYC Press Club
Outstanding Web news coverage.

Winners in other top categories of the annual competition include the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time and WNBC-TV.

The 52-year-old New York Press Club is comprised of journalists working for virtually all major newspapers, magazines, wire services, broadcast stations, and news Web sites throughout the New York metropolitan area.

APBnews.com received the Outstanding Web News Coverage award for its multimedia reporting on the shooting of Amadou Diallo. A West African immigrant and New York resident, Diallo died in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building in a hail of 41 bullets fired by four members of an elite, plain-clothes police unit. His death became the epicenter of a national debate about the racial divide between urban officers and the miniority communities they patrol.

As part of its extensive Diallo coverage, APBnews.com joined with the New Media Department of the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University to produce 360-degree digital photo structures documenting the site of the shooting. The "wrap-around" online visuals allowed users to "enter" and view the vestibule where Diallo died, as well as to explore the surrounding neighborhood and the spot from where police began shooting.

APBnews.com also won the New York Press Club Spot News award for its enterprise aviation safety reporting on pressure problems in Learjets. That exclusive report was produced in the wake of the Learjet crash that killed golfer Payne Stewart.

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