Penn Law, FactCheck.org Web Sites Win Webby People’s Voice Awards

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422May 3, 2013

Two Web sites at the University of Pennsylvania have won Webby People’s Voice Awards at the 17th annual Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

The IADAS presents two honors — The Webby People's Voice Award and The Webby Award — in each of its five categories: Web Sites, Interactive Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile & Apps and Social.  

FactCheck.org, the political fact-checking site run by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, and the Penn Law School’s Web site won though a popular vote. Members of the online community select the work they believe to be the best in each category. Each year, the nominees garner millions of votes from the international Web community.

FactCheck.org competed in the Politics category of Web sites and has won the Webby People’s Voice Award six times since 2007. Also, for the past three years, FactCheck.org has won the Webby for best politics Web site until this year’s upset by Truthdig.

"It's an honor to receive the 'People's Voice' award,” said FactCheck.org Director Eugene Kiely, “because it's a recognition that our readers support our mission and appreciate our work."

Penn Law’s Web site, the only law school nominated in the Law category, was relaunched last July to increase its appeal, said Steven Barnes, associate dean of communications.

“The feedback we've received from across the University, alumni, the press and practitioners is that the new site is informative, interactive and easy and efficient to navigate, so that we are better able to highlight Penn Law's many achievements and strengths," Barnes said.

Webbies, what The New York Times has called the “Internet’s highest honor,” are considered the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

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