Magazine website is not an oxymoron

Magazine website is not an oxymoron: MIN Online has announced its first “Best of the Web Awards.” I’m traveling today, so I’ll merely post their press release. Comments to come later. (Sorry the links aren’t hot.):

AOL Time Warner’s Parenting.com and People.com; CondeNet’s Style.com; Thomson Media; Hanley Wood and IDG were among the big winners in the first annual min’s Best of the Web awards program, presented by PBI Media’s leading media sources: media industry newsletter (MIN), min’s b2b and min magazine.

The winners of the demonstrate both the value of experience and the importance of brand integration in an increasingly fickle Web environment. The award-winning sites provide a benchmark for the magazine publishing community struggling to make some sort of living online.

“All of min’s picks showed an extraordinary understanding of how the Web’s three I’s – immediacy, intimacy and interactivity – can do more than extend a publishing brand in cyberspace,” says Steve Smith, new media editor of min and min’s b2b and consultant for the awards program. “From BHG.com to YM.com, magazine execs have moved beyond seeing the Web as just another publishing platform.”

On the b2b side, the judges of the awards program were impressed with Hanley-Wood’s eBuild.com, IDG’s NWFusion and Thomson Media for the breadth of their interactive programs and pointed to smaller trade titles for exceptional service to users at a minimal cost to the publishers.

The winners of 2002 min’s Best of the Web Awards are:

Ad Presentation

Consumer Winner: Style.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: Sports Illustrated for Kids for SIKIDS.COM
b2b Winner: Network World for Customer Access Management
b2b Honorable Mention: Hanley-Wood for ebuild.com

Application of E-commerce

b2b Winner: PC World for PC World Product Finder
Consumer Winner: iVillage for Hearst Magazines

Companion Site

Consumer Winner: The New Yorker for NewYorker.com
b2b Winner: Advisor Today for AdvisorToday.com
b2b Honorable Mention: Hanley-Wood for Builder Online

Design

Consumer Winner: Style.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: iVillage for CountryLiving.com
b2b Winner: Hanley-Wood for ebuild.com
b2b Honorable Mention: PC World for PC World Product Finder

Editorial Excellence

Consumer Winner: Meredith Corporation for BHG.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: Forbes for Forbes.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: Time Inc. for People.com
b2b Winner: Travel Weekly
b2b Honorable Mention: Network World for Network World Fusion

Email Newsletter

Consumer Winner: Parenting.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: Time Inc. for People.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: Rodale Inc. for Prevention Spotlight/Walking Fit
b2b Winner: Network World for Network World Email Newsletters
b2b Honorable Mention: Thomson Media for Connect e-newsletter from BenefitNews.com

Integration with Print

Consumer Winner: YM for YM.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: Time Inc. for People.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: Newsweek
b2b Winner: Workforce
b2b Honorable Mention: Sensors Magazine for Sensors Online

Online Community

b2b Winner: Thomson Media for Financial-Planning.com

Photo Galleries

Consumer Winner: Newsweek for Newsweek.MSNBC.com

Premium Site

Consumer Winner: Consumer Reports for American Consumer
Consumer Honorable Mention: The Street.com for RealMoney.com
b2b Winner: Variety for Variety.com

Uses of Interactivity

Consumer Winner: Primedia for gurl.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: Sports Illustrated for Kids for SIKIDS.COM
Consumer Honorable Mention: Parenting.com
Consumer Honorable Mention: Primedia for Pep Boys Virtual Car Show 2002

Like I said, I’ll comment later.