We all won! WSB honored with national Online Journalism Award for ‘Community Collaboration’

One month ago, we shared the news that we – and you – were in the final running for a national Online Journalism Award. Tonight, your editor here is at the awards banquet in Washington, D.C., the final event in the Online News Association‘s annual conference – and we won! We’ve just had the thrill of accepting that award on behalf of not just the WSB team but all of West Seattle. (Tough competition – the other three finalists were projects by CNN, CBC, and the LA Times.) Too dark in here to add a photo of the trophy yet but we will later. Trophy at right. Most importantly, THANK YOU for your collaboration in sharing West Seattle news, information, and discussion 24/7 … collaboration that has drawn national attention and now, formal recognition of its extraordinary nature. We are honored to be working with you and for you, 24/7.

9:18 PM: The archived video of the awards banquet is online now – if you’re interested in the WSB announcement and acceptance, it’s about 22:30 in.

72 Replies to "We all won! WSB honored with national Online Journalism Award for 'Community Collaboration'"

  • CarolPB October 30, 2010 (6:00 pm)

    Congrats!!! WSB ROCKS!!!

  • homedk October 30, 2010 (6:00 pm)

    Awesome! Congratulations!!!

  • JanS October 30, 2010 (6:03 pm)

    Absolutely wonderful! We’re proud of you! Congratulations!

  • me on 28th Ave SW October 30, 2010 (6:03 pm)

    Wow, that is great news. I hope you get a chance to bask in the glow of the win; you have put alot of work into WSB.

  • Rhonda Porter October 30, 2010 (6:08 pm)

    Well deserved! Congrats :)

  • ellenater October 30, 2010 (6:12 pm)

    Wow. That’s SO cool… and so well deserved. I’m so thrilled for you. Congrats!!!! Hope you get a chance to celebrate!!! WOW… :)

  • N.A. Neighbor October 30, 2010 (6:13 pm)

    So totally deserved! You are truly amazing!

  • Kate K October 30, 2010 (6:20 pm)

    What an honor! And wow, that was some major competition with big media. Congratulations WSB!

  • The Other KBear October 30, 2010 (6:26 pm)

    Whoo-hoo, way to go, WSB!

  • I. Ponder October 30, 2010 (6:29 pm)

    That’s a big deal and well deserved. I think you’re full up on Facebook friends so I can’t join.

  • The Velvet Bulldog October 30, 2010 (6:33 pm)

    YES!! Swimming with the big fish!

  • Que October 30, 2010 (6:36 pm)

    YAY!!!! Congratulations WSB!!! You really bring the community together in an amazing way. Thanks. :-)

  • k October 30, 2010 (6:36 pm)

    made me cry! so happy for you!!!! congrats! cheers to you!

  • Lou October 30, 2010 (6:39 pm)

    Congratulations! What a great honor! Great job WSB.

  • Rick October 30, 2010 (6:44 pm)


  • sam October 30, 2010 (6:46 pm)

    ! Like !

  • cathyw October 30, 2010 (6:48 pm)

    YAY! So very,very happy for you. Congrats.

  • Tyson October 30, 2010 (6:57 pm)

    That’s awesome and well deserved :)

  • mj October 30, 2010 (7:18 pm)

    With such an outstanding site and always-on-it coverage, how could you not win? Congratulations!! We who live in West Seattle are very fortunate that you are here. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO.

  • Amanda October 30, 2010 (7:40 pm)

    Congrats! And congrats on the Best of Western Washington 2010 Neighborhood Blog win as well ;)

  • TBMR October 30, 2010 (7:48 pm)

    SWEET! Congratulations- it is well deserved.

  • kathleen October 30, 2010 (7:50 pm)

    Not a surprise to me! This is what happens when you devote your time to something you care about and excel at. Congratulations!

  • DML October 30, 2010 (7:57 pm)

    First in the hearts and minds of West Seattle and now the Country. Congratulations!
    *throws rose petals*
    We are so grateful for your hard work!

  • Altadenablog October 30, 2010 (8:08 pm)

    Simply the best! Congratulations from your Southern California fan base!

  • JoB October 30, 2010 (8:14 pm)

    thank you

  • westseattledood October 30, 2010 (8:29 pm)

    From day one you have been a shining star with a brilliant bright light guiding us. You were the first and we have always known *you* are the best.


    Thank you Tracy, Patrick and Torin and everybody for your devotion to WSB and our community. We are so incredibly fortunate to have been together in the right place at the right time!

  • John Commeree October 30, 2010 (8:30 pm)

    Congratulations! Thank you for all the hard work. WSB is where I turn throughout the day to find out what is happening or might affect our lives on this side of the bridge.

  • Michael Stusser October 30, 2010 (8:36 pm)

    Great work – it’s a site I check ten times a day and always has something relevant and interesting to read (and see).
    Keep it up, and thanks for the community commitment.

  • Shari October 30, 2010 (9:03 pm)

    Congrats WSB. Well deserved. Keep up the good work

  • eileen October 30, 2010 (9:03 pm)

    Awesome work – well deserved – you are at the heart of our community!


  • moco October 30, 2010 (9:19 pm)

    Yeah for you, and also for us!

  • waterworld October 30, 2010 (9:20 pm)

    Congratulations WSB team! Excellent work and well-deserved recognition.

  • Cclarue October 30, 2010 (9:28 pm)

    Ditto what everyone said!! And I had a feeling WSB would win. Thank you again for your dedication!!!

  • pigeonmom October 30, 2010 (9:42 pm)


  • Kevin October 30, 2010 (9:46 pm)

    Congratulations! A well deserved award for all of your hard work!

  • Moose October 30, 2010 (10:01 pm)

    Right On! You rock and we’re the better for it. Thanks for all you do – CONGRATULATIONS!

  • LatteRose October 30, 2010 (10:03 pm)

    Very awesome! Congratulations!!

  • Jtk October 30, 2010 (10:18 pm)

    Way to go! If it’s happening in West Seattle. WSB knows and reports about it first! :) :)

  • DM October 30, 2010 (10:25 pm)

    Congratulations, and thank you! The service you provide for our community is immense! You’re leading the way for the rest of our country! Please enjoy the award/acknowledgement!

  • E October 30, 2010 (10:35 pm)

    Love it! You’re the best and congrats:-)

  • LyndaB October 30, 2010 (10:35 pm)

    Whoo-hoo! They like us. They really, really, like us!!! Congrats to WSB and everyone!

    Ok, did you all pick up that the announcer said he used to run track in WS? Was it at WSHS? That’s another piece of news there!

  • Paul October 30, 2010 (10:46 pm)

    Wow! The little blog that could.Way to rock the big boys. Community collaboration as it should be.

  • Mary October 30, 2010 (10:59 pm)

    Same as everyone else–congratulations! and thanks for being there. -m

  • smile October 30, 2010 (11:04 pm)

    WOW, What an honor for you, Tracy ! You deserve it !

  • visitor October 30, 2010 (11:12 pm)


  • Franci October 31, 2010 (12:14 am)

    I’m so happy for you. Congratulations!

  • add October 31, 2010 (6:08 am)

    Really fabulous and so great to hear of all this national recognition! Sorry I didn’t run into you here in DC, I was among the 250K at the Rally to Restore Sanity! I noticed that you seemed to get some of the loudest applause at the awards event, too! :) Congrats!!

  • redblack October 31, 2010 (6:13 am)

    congratulations and, as others have said, thank you.
    so, when is CNN going to offer to buy out their competition? :)

  • wsgolfer October 31, 2010 (7:07 am)

    Congratulations to TR, Patrick & JMOT! Thanks for everything you do! You are part of what makes our neighborhood special.

  • Monosyllabic Girl October 31, 2010 (8:20 am)

    We are so lucky to have you here, providing this diverse little-big community with such quality journalism.

    I know the entire WSB works extremely hard 24/7. Your dedication is incredible! Thanks again and congratulations!

  • marty October 31, 2010 (8:22 am)

    Couldn’t agree more!!!!!!!!!!!

  • charlabob October 31, 2010 (9:21 am)

    This is great news and (as the 50 posters before me said) much deserved. I’m not even afraid (yet) that you’ll rest on you laurels.) The fact that you still credit the community for what you do is emblematic of why you’re so far ahead of the pack.

  • Dave October 31, 2010 (9:27 am)

    You deserve it, such a great site and I can’t think of anyone I know in WS who isn’t a fervent reader.

  • Pete October 31, 2010 (9:32 am)

    Tracy & Patrick…thanks for helping all of us build a stronger community here in West Seattle. You guys ROCK OUR MASKS……

  • Sandy October 31, 2010 (9:36 am)

    Well deserved. You’ve got me hooked on reading news again. Even if I’m out-of-town I check the WSB!

  • Molly October 31, 2010 (10:46 am)

    Congratulations! How cool is our neighborhood blog?? You work so hard, and it’s great to see you get some national recognition for it!

  • RJB October 31, 2010 (11:51 am)

    Congrats!! Well done WSB…!!

  • Kayzel October 31, 2010 (11:52 am)

    Hopeful signs all around this weekend — sanity marching and integrity publishing! Thanks for all you do.

  • vlado October 31, 2010 (1:17 pm)

    WS is so so fortunate to have the WSB… congratulations!

  • Jill Loblaw October 31, 2010 (4:37 pm)

    A well deserved award. Congratulations!

  • Lowell October 31, 2010 (9:43 pm)

    Congratulations! Show. Them. How. It’s. Done!

  • LS October 31, 2010 (11:45 pm)

    What a great accomplishment! Not only on a fantastic blog, but also an entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial parents!


  • Chris November 1, 2010 (6:06 am)

    WSB Crew — you do the peninsula proud!

  • Judy P. November 1, 2010 (11:17 am)

    My silent cheer is headed your way! I can’t imagine any other online community news service measuring up. Now the quandry of where to spend all that prize money….

    • WSB November 1, 2010 (11:22 am)

      No prize money. The reward remains — getting to keep doing this for a living, day in and day out, as a locally owned, homegrown community-news business, even as corporate-owned, out-of-state-headquartered efforts to bigfoot us indies out of business loom in the distance.

  • Jason November 1, 2010 (2:53 pm)


  • Kensteve November 3, 2010 (12:43 am)

    I always knew this blog was unique and special! :-)

  • Al and Dorothy November 3, 2010 (8:34 pm)

    We remember the day you sat in our living room and announced you were going to start this blog.
    You held your nose and jumped in the deep end, and here you are a short time later winning a national award! Congratulations Tracy and Patrick and your team of merry men and women. You have created a site for the best local news around the region and an example for the nation. We are very proud to be your friends.

  • Trileigh November 4, 2010 (5:31 pm)

    Yeah Tracy and the rest of the Blog staff! Congratulations! You sure deserve this – you work so hard, seemingly 24/7, for us here in West Seattle. Thank you so much. I’m proud to be part of this community.

  • lenguamor November 4, 2010 (6:16 pm)

    Congratulations. Well-deserved recognition of all you do for our community.

  • miws November 5, 2010 (5:45 pm)

    Yet more proof that local “Mom & Pop’s” serve the Community better than the big corporations!


    Congrats, Team WSB! :cool:



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