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Globe staff, websites win honors for online efforts

The Boston Globe won two awards from the Online News Association, including a breaking news award for its online coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the aftermath in April.

The awards, given out Saturday night at the group’s annual conference in Atlanta, honor excellence in digital journalism, particularly multimedia storytelling.

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“The Marathon bombings, that whole stretch in April, marked a horrific set of events for our region. The public craved information during the dark hours of that long week, and the newsroom of The Boston Globe responded to the absolute best of its ability,” editor Brian McGrory said.

“Our journalists worked for long hours in dangerous situations to keep the public informed and get the story right, using every means of digital storytelling available. We’re grateful to our colleagues in the industry for recognizing our efforts to make sense of this tragedy.”

The Globe and its websites, BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com, won the “breaking news, large” category for coverage of the Marathon bombings, while BostonGlobe.com’s interactive “68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope” series won the association’s Knight Award for Public Service. For that project, Globe reporters lived for a summer in Boston’s troubled Bowdoin- Geneva neighborhood.

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The Globe was also nominated for the Gannett Foundation Award for Watchdog Journalism for “Driven To The Edge,” the Spotlight Team’s nine-month investigation of Boston’s taxi industry that has resulted in a federal investigation and could bring changes to how taxis are regulated in the city. The winner in that category was The Guardian, for its story “The NSA Files.”

BostonGlobe.com was also nominated for the “General Excellence in Online Journalism” award for innovative use of responsive design technology, which adapts content on the page to fit any screen size. The New York Times won the award in that category.

“The Globe newsroom has worked hard, creatively, and well to expand and embrace new forms of digital storytelling,” McGrory said.

Dan Adams can be reached at dadams@globe.com. Katy Rushlau can be reached at katherine.rushlau@globe.com.
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