We’re excited to announce that My Ballard has just won an Online Journalism Award for community collaboration, edging out the LA Times and Miami Herald. This is an incredible and surprising honor, and the accolades go to you, our Ballard neighbors who have made this site a special place.
We’ve said from the beginning that My Ballard and the rest of the Next Door Media sites are powered by the neighborhood, not by us. While many journalists over the years have found that idea to be inferior to traditional news coverage, tonight My Ballard was applauded by a packed ballroom of journalists who recognize a new kind of community-powered news that gives the neighborhood a voice. And we have you to thank for your contributions and support.
We’d also like to thank the editors of our other Next Door Media sites: Doree Armstrong and Dale Steinke at PhinneyWood.com, John and Loree Schoonover at MagnoliaVoice.com, Thea Chard at QueenAnneView.com and Heidi Eng of FremontUniverse.com. And finally, we’d like to also thank Tracy Record and Patrick Sand at the West Seattle Blog for the inspiration to create My Ballard. They were the first in the country to create a true community-powered news site, and they deserve more credit than us.