Meet your 2012 Denver #WebAwards winners
We came. We saw. We tweeted. Last night, Westword hosted the third annual Denver Web Awards, our celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. In September, we put out a call for you, dear readers, to nominate your favorite online projects, and a team at Westword spent more than a month whittling your suggestions down to our final entries across categories featuring news, arts, food and music. Continue reading to see this year's Denver Web Awards winners.
See also: "Meet the 2012 Denver #WebAwards finalists."
Best Sports Blog: Denver Stiffs
Denver Stiffs is not only pretty; it's prolific. An affiliate of sports-blog network SB Nation (which is responsible for the blog's slick look), Denver Stiffs features game previews and recaps that are both in-depth and readable. And the reports aren't regurgitation: Stiffs bloggers attend practices and interview players and coaches. Most impressive is this blog's active stable of commenters. Even on election day, when most folks were thinking about Obama v. Romney, a post about the Nuggets v. Pistons game that night garnered 64 comments in an hour. God bless America.
Best Political Blog: CompleteColorado.com
Conservative blog CompleteColorado.com has kept up with independent investigations, and in today's media market, it's a bit of a rare gem. Most recently, reporter Todd Shepherd unearthed White House e-mails about the Department of Energy's loans to bankrupt company Abound Solar, pushing forward a political controversy that made its way into the pages of the Denver Post and other mainstream outlets and became a GOP talking point against President Obama in the final weeks of the race. Even those who don't agree with the slant should appreciate the persistence and the doggedness. Keep on digging!
Best Activist or Advocate Blog: New Era Colorado
During an election year in a swing state, few topics are as valuable as voter rights and information. On its website and via social media, New Era Colorado tackles both the facts (where and when to vote) and the fun stuff (where the parties are) on a regular basis while informing potential voters about the issues and linking them to outlets where they can find more extensive resources. The nonprofit's mix of topics both humorous and serious makes for a friendly and informative online voice.
Best Marijuana Dispensary or Activist on Social Media: Leafly
Combining mainstream aesthetics with accessible and concise information, Leafly's social media presence transcends the stoner-bro culture that turns off so many skeptics of MMJ and offers an inclusive world that's comfortable for all members of the cannabis community. Whether it's news about an exciting new strain, low-cost deals on ounces, or updates on the battle against marijuana prohibition, Leafly Dispensary's Facebook and Twitter pages are comprehensive sources for all you need to know about the (other) Denver nuggets.
Best Athlete on Social Media: Missy Franklin, Olympic swimmer
The Olympics as seen through the eyes of a teenage girl: That was what adorably giddy swimmer Missy Franklin's tweets provided to her fans at home in Colorado. She shared a photo of herself in front of the Tower of London, one of the red-white-and-blue fingernail paint she wore for her races and one of her new Olympic rings tattoo. And she "just died" when Justin Bieber tweeted his congratulations on her gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Absolutely. Adorable.
Best Politician on Social Media: John Hickenlooper
He might not tweet a lot, but when he does, his tweets can be quite endearing, especially coming from the politician who holds the state's highest office. Governor John Hickenlooper, @hickforco, recently tweeted out a photo of his bloody face -- not actual blood, but rather the makeup he put on for the zombie crawl in Denver. Another memorable tweet from the brewery-owner-turned-politician came after his Democratic National Convention address this year, when he said, "Whew! Speech done. Avoided sweating too much. Now let's get President Obama re-elected. #DNC2012." We award Hickenlooper (who's known for sometimes saying funny or silly things in real life) this honor as a bit of a challenge, too: Tweet more, guv.
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