New York Times leads pack of Webby nominees

Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:20pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The New York Times led the pack of nominees for the Webby Awards on Tuesday, sharing the spotlight for the "Oscars of the Internet" with the BBC, actor Zach Galifianakis and comedian Stephen Colbert.

The Webby Awards, now in their 14th year, highlight the best use of the Internet across a range of categories from the worlds of entertainment and news.

The New York Times stood out by garnering 15 nods, two more than last year, when it also led all nominees.

"They have a prolific and diverse approach to delivering content, quite frankly, and I think they do a lot of new things in a lot of different mediums," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards.

Davies noted the New York Times was among the first newspapers to have its reporters send out short "tweet" messages on the social networking website

The newspaper's online nominations this year came in such categories as best news, photography and writing.

British broadcaster BBC was the second most-nominated group with nine nods, followed by six each for the comedy websites CollegeHumor and The Onion.

Colbert, who won "Webby Person of the Year" award in 2008, was recognized again this year with a nomination for his website   Continued...

<p>A window washer cleans the windows above the front door of the New York Times building in New York, March 26, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn</p>