South Wales Argus website shortlisted for UK Online Media Awards

Argus website shortlisted for top UK award

Argus website shortlisted for top UK award

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THE South Wales Argus has been shortlisted for the Best Local/Regional News Website in this year’s UK Online Media Awards.

Argus editor Kevin Ward said: “This is the third successive year the Argus website has been nominated for this award, and comes after a year of record audiences – both for the site overall and for a number of individual stories – an increased use of live blogs incorporating Twitter and Facebook feeds, and initiatives such as our first use of live video.

“I’m delighted to see the hard work of our Digital Editor, Martin Wade, and everyone in the news and sports teams who play such a huge part in making our website so popular.”

The Argus’ rivals for the award are: BBC News Online East, BBC News Online East Midlands, Belfast Telegraph, Bristol Culture, Derby Telegraph, Edinburgh Evening News, ITV Central, Kent Online, Lancashire Telegraph (the only other Newsquest nominee), The Detail, and The Lincolnite.

The awards ceremony takes place on June 11 in London.

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1:17pm Thu 8 May 14

bodffordd says...

All the best, I read with interest everyday, for full up to date news, local an national.
All the best, I read with interest everyday, for full up to date news, local an national. bodffordd
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2:01pm Thu 8 May 14

MooseCraftsman says...

Good luck guys! Win it for Wales :0)
Good luck guys! Win it for Wales :0) MooseCraftsman
  • Score: 1

2:50pm Thu 8 May 14

Surrey Taff says...

Credit where credit is due, the Argus does have a good website. As I live outside Wales it's a good way of finding out what's going on back home. Even if it's the same old depressing news!
Credit where credit is due, the Argus does have a good website. As I live outside Wales it's a good way of finding out what's going on back home. Even if it's the same old depressing news! Surrey Taff
  • Score: 2

4:28pm Thu 8 May 14

Ultimate Worrier says...

It is nailed on to receive the best newspaper for Newport residents award.
It is nailed on to receive the best newspaper for Newport residents award. Ultimate Worrier
  • Score: -8

6:23pm Thu 8 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

I generally find the Argus to be a cut above other papers, although I feel it still has much work to do in how it handles news items that involve transgender people.

For instance, last March when the Argus reported the tragic death of primary school teacher Lucy Meadows they referred to her as a 'male teacher' who lived as a woman. This actually drew quite a bit of complaint from readers in the comments thread at the time. I also didn't understand just why another Argus item following Ms Meadow's death needed to be accompanied by a photograph of her pre-op dressed as a male - seemed somewhat disrespectful, that.

Not just picking on the Argus, this sadly seems to be the case with most British newspapers. Generally speaking, perhaps if we saw a bit more diversity amongst editors - a profession which still seems to be overwhelmingly dominated by heterosexual and gender normative white males - then we might begin to see a more balanced view with regard to news coverage of gender issues?

Anyway, congratulations on being shortlisted Argus:)
I generally find the Argus to be a cut above other papers, although I feel it still has much work to do in how it handles news items that involve transgender people. For instance, last March when the Argus reported the tragic death of primary school teacher Lucy Meadows they referred to her as a 'male teacher' who lived as a woman. This actually drew quite a bit of complaint from readers in the comments thread at the time. I also didn't understand just why another Argus item following Ms Meadow's death needed to be accompanied by a photograph of her pre-op dressed as a male - seemed somewhat disrespectful, that. Not just picking on the Argus, this sadly seems to be the case with most British newspapers. Generally speaking, perhaps if we saw a bit more diversity amongst editors - a profession which still seems to be overwhelmingly dominated by heterosexual and gender normative white males - then we might begin to see a more balanced view with regard to news coverage of gender issues? Anyway, congratulations on being shortlisted Argus:) Katie Re-Registered
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11:17pm Thu 8 May 14

sooty001 says...

I read the latest reports on my beloved Newport County and I cannot fault the coverage with the online reporting.
I read the latest reports on my beloved Newport County and I cannot fault the coverage with the online reporting. sooty001
  • Score: 3

8:47am Fri 9 May 14

Mervyn James says...

I've read the Argus daily ever since I was young (That's a long time believe me!), and it never fails to be informative, I'd like to see even more localised news, because there is plenty of UK dross in the tabloids or other mediums, I'd like Argus on Video too, but, with access for those who cannot hear, because currently their videos are inaccessible. Having said that, so is very video put out by our political reps too. One niggle, as I buy every copy of the Argus every week, why are they wanting to charge me via some application ?
I've read the Argus daily ever since I was young (That's a long time believe me!), and it never fails to be informative, I'd like to see even more localised news, because there is plenty of UK dross in the tabloids or other mediums, I'd like Argus on Video too, but, with access for those who cannot hear, because currently their videos are inaccessible. Having said that, so is very video put out by our political reps too. One niggle, as I buy every copy of the Argus every week, why are they wanting to charge me via some application ? Mervyn James
  • Score: -2

10:35am Fri 9 May 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Mervyn
Thanks for your support.
We have increased the amount of local news in the print version of the Argus over the last two years. Indeed, my first act as Editor was to drop the UK/World news page in favour of local news.
The app is another way for people to access the Argus, and is primarily aimed at people who either don't buy the paper at all or only buy it every now and then.
I've noted your points re video and will see what we can do.
Mervyn Thanks for your support. We have increased the amount of local news in the print version of the Argus over the last two years. Indeed, my first act as Editor was to drop the UK/World news page in favour of local news. The app is another way for people to access the Argus, and is primarily aimed at people who either don't buy the paper at all or only buy it every now and then. I've noted your points re video and will see what we can do. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 0

12:48pm Fri 9 May 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

Mervyn
Apologies, I should also have mentioned that the Argus app is free for purchasers of the print edition.
Therefore, as a regular purchaser of the paper you do not have to pay for the app.
Mervyn Apologies, I should also have mentioned that the Argus app is free for purchasers of the print edition. Therefore, as a regular purchaser of the paper you do not have to pay for the app. Kevin Ward - Editor
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1:17pm Fri 9 May 14

pbhj says...

Isn't it a cookie cutter site from the Newsquest network. (See for example http://www.barryandd
istrictnews.co.uk/, another Newsquest page).

The mechanics of the comments section is appalling, I can't get notified/a list of replies, the quotes don't work, URLs get wrapped over several lines, there's no threading, etc..

The content seems pretty good on the whole. A way to report typos and factual errors per story would probably help out though.

Content _and_ design (both ergonomic and aesthetic) make a website great. It's good, and I appreciate it, but it doesn't seem like an award winner to me because of the technical deficiencies.
Isn't it a cookie cutter site from the Newsquest network. (See for example http://www.barryandd istrictnews.co.uk/, another Newsquest page). The mechanics of the comments section is appalling, I can't get notified/a list of replies, the quotes don't work, URLs get wrapped over several lines, there's no threading, etc.. The content seems pretty good on the whole. A way to report typos and factual errors per story would probably help out though. Content _and_ design (both ergonomic and aesthetic) make a website great. It's good, and I appreciate it, but it doesn't seem like an award winner to me because of the technical deficiencies. pbhj
  • Score: -1

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