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Times247 website honored for best home page

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The Washington Times-affiliated website Times247.com has won an EPPY Award award for best home page for sites drawing fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors.

The international competition recognizes the best media-affiliated websites across 31 categories and is organized and sponsored by Editor & Publisher magazine, an industry publication.

Judgment criteria for online news gathering goes beyond the bounds of traditional press features such as content and credibility. The 68 judges from the United States and other countries considered user-friendliness, interactivity, innovative design, ease of navigation and even the elusive "wow" factor, which grants readers a singular experience.

"Innovation is what 21st-century newspapering has to be about, so we are proud to be a part of this new digital venture, Times247," said Washington Times Corporate Editor Robert Morton, who has overseen the website from its inception. "But the newspaper business has always been and still is about service to readers. The Times247 team is dedicated to providing Washington Times readers what they need and want: a 24/7 service of the best news and opinion breaking news."

"The look and feel of Times247 is really unique," said Managing Editor Dean Honeycutt, a 26-year veteran of The Washington Times. "It is so gratifying to see the site earn recognition for being a cutting-edge media concept."

The Times 24 site features an easily recognizable, signature home page that showcases exclusive news and opinion content from The Washington Times, plus a real-time spotlight on carefully curated news and commentary from other sources. Updates are constant, and variety is key. Content is included from many news organizations, insider blogs and policy sites, including Fox News, the Daily Caller, the Blaze and National Review.com.

This is the 17th year, meanwhile, for the EPPY Awards. Other news organizations also recognized in the competition include CNN, CBS, Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, NPR, Financial Times and USA Today.

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