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Globe wins four prestigious online awards

The Globe and Mail's website has won four prestigious EPPY awards, including sharing the top honour for best website in the world associated with a newspaper.

globeandmail.com tied in that category for websites with at least 1 million unique monthly visitors with The Salt Lake Tribune. The Globe also captured the same award outright in 2010, giving it two wins in the past three years.

The Globe also won for best overall website design, best business blog (for Economy Lab) and best automotive site (for Globe Drive). Economy Lab and Globe Drive won the same awards last year.

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The awards were announced Tuesday.

"The EPPYs recognize the best in digital journalism, and it's a tribute to everyone at The Globe to be recognized again as the best newspaper website," said Globe editor-in-chief John Stackhouse. "This month, we launched a new tier of digital subscriptions, knowing that discerning Canadians value the great journalism and great digital design that make globeandmail.com one of the world's great websites."

Last week, The Globe introduced a paywall that allows unlimited access for subscribers while limiting non-subscribers to 10 free articles per month.

The EPPY awards, delivered by the industry periodical Editor & Publisher, are in their 17th year and are considered one of the highest international honours for media-affiliated websites and blogs. They were also the first major awards to honour online journalistic work.

The other Canadian winners were The Edmonton Journal, the CBC and The Ottawa Citizen.

The Globe was a finalist this year in nine categories.

In the category of best daily newspaper website with more than 1 million unique visitors, the other finalists were The Daily News, Financial Times, San Jose Mercury News, The Straits Times and The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Previous winners for large newspaper-affiliated websites were The Boston Globe last year, The Globe and Mail in 2010, The Wall Street Journal in 2009 and The New York Times in 2008.

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