Two local news sites nominated for Online Journalism Awards

You best get your bow tie to cleaners Minnesota. The Online News Association just announced the finalists for the 2008 Online Journalism Awards, and two local news outlets made the cut. The Star Tribune is nominated in the "Breaking News, Large Site" category for its coverage of the bridge collapse and Minnesota Public Radio is nominated for "General Excellence, Medium Site."

The Strib is up against NPR's arresting China earthquake coverage, which is where my money is (speaking of money--you think the Teamsters get a vote in this contest?). MPR might have a fighting chance--I'd give them a slight-to-moderate advantage over dogged liberal curmudgeon Bob Scheer's Truthdig project.

In other nominee news, this is kind of brilliant. And this is insane.

Winners will be announced on September 13.

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