I will not blame Rob Runett, who's the expert I most respect on the topic of how newspapers are making money online, if he never ever speaks to me again, because he asked me to join his judging panel for The NAA's Digital Edge Awards this Spring, and I was crushed by work and let him down in the end. My bad.
Here are the winners and finalists of this year's best online newspaper awards for which I can claim no judging credit whatsoever. Aside from editorial kudos, the awards also recognized excellence and innovation in serving advertisers' needs. So if you sell online ads, definitely check them out.
I was also psyched to see a wide variety of winners, both big names such as Washington Post and smaller local papers such as The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal and The Savannah (Ga.) Morning News won multiple awards, proving you can achieve excellence on any size budget. http://www.naa.org/TheDigitalEdge/DigArtPage.cfm?AID=4301