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PolitiFact wins online journalism award

Bill Adair
By Bill Adair December 5, 2008

The National Press Foundation has chosen PolitiFact the winner of its 2008 Excellence in Online Journalism Award.

In a news release announcing the award today, the NPF described PolitiFact as "comprehensive and easy to maneuver, with exciting graphics. The judges were especially impressed with a section of the site that assessed the accuracy of chain e-mails sent during the presidential campaign."

Previous winners of the award include,,,, the Center for Public Integrity, and National Geographic Online.

The award will be presented at the NPF's annual awards dinner on Feb. 10. Others receiving awards include ABC News anchor Charles Gibson, who is receiving the 2008 Sol Taishoff Award for Distinguished Contributions to Broadcast Journalism, Jonathan Allen of Congressional Quarterly and David Heath and Hal Bernton of the Seattle Times , co-winners of the Everett Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress, and Nate Beeler of the Washington Examiner , who won the Clifford K. Berryman and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning.

Launched in August 2007, PolitiFact published more than 750 Truth-O-Meter ratings on statements by the presidential candidates and others involved in the 2008 presidential campaign. The site has been honored with a Knight Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism, a Digital Edge Award for Best Overall News Site from the Newspaper Association of America and first place for Online Political Reporting in the Green Eyeshade Awards. It was an honoree in the Webby Awards and was named one of PC World magazine's "100 Incredibly Useful and Interesting Web Sites."

PolitiFact has been on hiatus since the presidential election, but it will return in January. We'll be using the Truth-O-Meter to rate statements by the Obama White House, members of Congress, people who testify before Congress, trade associations, lobbyists and anyone else who speaks up in Washington.

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