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IP Top Awards Categories

The categories are listed below, including a detailed description.
We encourage your entries.

FINANCIAL CONTENT
This category is the place to be for publications with the following content
- financial news
- financial markets background information
- stock exchange sites
- financial advice
- financial portals
etc.


NEWS CONTENT
Publications with the breaking news and backgrounds to the news
- newspapers online (local, regional, (inter)national)
- broadcasters online
- news portals
- sectoral and specialist news services
etc.

Last year's winner: BBC Online News (UK)

SPORTS CONTENT
The category that is competitive by nature. For sites that concentrate on
- general sports news
- specific sports news
- sport clubs
- athletes
- sports background information
etc.


CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
The category for the online business cards of
- companies of any size
- organisations working in any sphere
- profit and non-profit making
etc


NEW CATEGORY: ENTERTAINMENT
The not-allowed during office hours category is open for
- online games and gamblesites
- cartoonsites
- entertainment industry news sites
- online versions of TV formats
- sites of bands, actors, singers, movies
etc


NEW CATEGORY: DOCUMENTARY/REPORTS
For sites that give indepth information on one specific issue or theme - any issue - which can be for example
- polar expeditions
- sites on the work of Michelangelo, Shakespeare
- scientific sites, historical sites
- sites covering one specific event, like concerts, fundraising campaigns
etc


NEW CATEGORY: CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
The category that combines content with technology and looks at the future of content.
This is the category for sites that innovate content, e.g. through intelligent content, cross media content etc.
If you think you can stun our spoiled judges with a great innovative feature, then enter this category!


EXTRA CATEGORIES: GRAND PRIZE AND SITE TO WATCH

These awards are special jury prizes, and you cannot enter these categories.

The jury's grand prize honours the sites that on overall delivered the best quality content and deserves to be rewarded for that.
Last year's grand prize winner: Guardian Unlimited (UK)

The Site to Watch honours a site that caught the eye of the judges in such a way that special attention is justified.
It can be originality of the site, the amazing design or the hilarious content... a site which made the jury say 'wow' or 'waaaaah'!


Criteria

These are in short the criteria the judges are working with. It is a general overview, since each category has its specific focal points.

CONTENT QUALITY
- Is the site appropriately updated?
- Does the site provide the latest information on the theme/issue of the site?
- Is the style of the content engaging?
- Are the items just right/too short/too long?
- Is the content on the subject complete?
- Does the site provide links for further reading?

USER-FRIENDLINESS
- Is the navigation clearly structured? Can you easily find your way around?
- Are the links all funtioning?
- Does the site load fast enough? Does it give you an opportunity to choose between flash and HTML?
- Is the subject you're looking easy to reach or do you need many/too many click throughs?
- Is there a search engine? Does it provide quality serach results?

EYES AND EARS
- Does the site have a good and professional design? Is it not outdated, messy, does it fit the publication?
- Is there a possibility to choose between different formats?
- Is the content in a readable format?
- If the site has sound, does the sound add to the the site? Can you switch it off?
- Does the site provide relevant audio/video streams, picture galleries?

INTERACTION
- Is interaction between users and the site stimulated? Are message boards, email forms available?
Can a user contact the staff of the site directly? Is there a possibility to phone/fax?
- Can users interact with other users? Via message boards and/or mailing lists?
- Does the site provide newsletters? Can users react to these newsletters? Are these reactions published?

BUSINESS CONCEPT
- Is the site offering additional services that give the site an added value and a cutting edge?
- Is it offering useful paid content and services? Does it offer e-commerce services?
Advisory services?

For more information or comments, please contact Jasper van der Hulst at: jasper@iptop.com


Winners Awards 2001

BBC News
BBC News Online


ZDF Reporter
ZDF.reporter


bkaro
bkaro dot net