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Editor & Publisher Honors Site for Second Time in Six Years

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For the second time in six years, The Santa Barbara Independent‘s website,, has been named the Best Weekly or Non-Daily Newspaper Website in North America by Editor & Publisher magazine, which announced the winners of its 18th annual EPPY Awards on October 30. first won the award in 2008, less than a year after its relaunch as a daily site for news, arts, entertainment, and lifestyle coverage, and the 2013 honor reaffirms the website’s importance and prominence in Santa Barbara County and beyond.

“I’m so proud of The Santa Barbara Independent team, which has worked so hard reinvigorating our website to keep it an integral part of the Santa Barbara community,” said editor-in-chief Marianne Partridge, who co-founded The Santa Barbara Independent in 1986. “This is a tremendous honor to see named alongside such internationally acclaimed media powerhouses as CNN, ESPN, NBC’s Today Show, and the Associated Press.”

“It’s been all-hands-on-deck with for many years now, and our team couldn’t be prouder of the up-to-date and yet deeply analytical coverage we offer every day,” said Senior Editor Matt Kettmann, who’s supervised the paper’s online presence since 2006 and gives special credit to Webmaster Robert LeBlanc, Web Producer Michael Gahagan, News Editor Tyler Hayden, and Photographer Paul Wellman. “Although every one on our staff plays a role in making sing, from the online columnists to the advertising sales reps paying the bills, these four folks really do a lot of the heavy lifting every day of the week, including weekends,” said Kettmann. “This award is a testament to their dedication, and proof that the profession of journalism is far from dead. Indeed, it’s more energized than ever.”

The EPPY Awards, now in their 18th year, recognize the best media-affiliated websites across 30 categories. The judges include the staff of the esteemed journal Editor & Publisher as well as a panel of 78 international media experts with backgrounds in website design, editorial, technology, education, marketing, advertising, and management.

See the full list of awardees here.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

God help us all. This is the best the country has to offer?

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why don't you start your own news site JL? Might have to come up with substantive material but you seem to fancy yourself an expert.

Congrats Indy.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Kudos to Independent online who has an open comments policy, allowing a full range of opinions and rebuttals. Spirit of discourse is allowed to thrive here online. Kudos to fellow commenters, who for the most part color within the lines.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 6:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Foofighter pretty much took the words out of my mouth.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 6:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Agree with Volok regarding Locke. Thanks to the Indy for keeping us current on community matters and also for allowing us to insult John Locke for his 90 pound weakling intellectual stature.

geeber (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 6:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Locke: Why are you being such a nasty one today?

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 6:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Clausen, it sounds like those words of praise need to be uttered again, particularly the part about coloring within the lines. Oh, well.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 8:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

OK, here goes: Foofighter pretty much took the words out of my mouth, and I especially agree with his/her comment about coloring between the lines.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 8:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah, I'm the only one here who fancies himself an expert. At least I comment on issues and not people. If people like Volok and DrDan, who both seem hugely impressed with themselves, would start commenting on issues instead of people, using a bit of fact and a dictionary, we might have an interesting dialogue.

dolphoipod14, I think I got some bad sushi.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 9:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

One mo' time!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 9:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Besides, it's so much fun to tweak the true believers.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 9:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Shoulda guessed you're a tweeker.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 10:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Best media-affiliated websites, Indy won Best Weekly or Non-Daily Newspaper Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors

John_Locke, no, fortunately it's not, but it allows Foofighter to endlessly post comments that have no correlation with fact., as well as a few DHS-sponsored disinformation trolls.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Congratulations, Indy!

Moonrunner (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 11:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Richly deserved, Indy! Way to go! Notwithstanding the readers/posters who don't understand the difference between excellent journalists and idiotic posts by readers with too much time on their hands and too little furniture in the attic... Nick Welch should be declared a local treasure.

Pagurus (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 12:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes , I do like the Indy's site and think it deserving of recognition. John Locke on the other hand doesn't like the site so much that he has come back to post 1750 comments. Then he looks to "God to help us all "?
The agnostic in me senses another reason to be less than fond of Locke.

geeber (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 3:50 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice going, Indy! Nietzsche wrote we need our critics and 'enemies' as well as friends and colleagues: good sharing the space with all you folks on these endless threads, & even the thread wars.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm OK with the Indy despite it's clear liberal news bias. People can post their comments and criticisms. The educated reader can usually separate the facts from the spin. Congratulations Indy!

Botany (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 6:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

tabatha (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 7:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How cool is that? Congratulations to you all, and please keep up the outstanding work!

freshpavement (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 7:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

good job Indy.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 7:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Agree with foo fighter. Congrats Indy. That whole netnanny thing going on over at EDHAT is ridiculous. A line from a movie with jack nicholson comes to mind: YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! Fact is sometimes the deleted comments are the best ones. You have to be a serious Jacka$$ to get comments deleted on the INDY which is why I totally agree with this award. Kudos to many of the commenters too, whether I agree or disagree with you for the keeping it in between the lines. Once someone hijacks a thread about Obama, or Maryjane, things really go downhill. Also the personal attacks are pretty lame. This publication is much appreciated for local stories on topic and a forum for discussion.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Once somebody hijacks a thread while on MJ, is when things really devolve. Though it does become prima facie evidence of your brain on drugs.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 11:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually, I looked at the print Indy today for the first time in a while - I usually just peruse the online version. And I have to admit - if I eliminate all of Nick's far-lefty editorials and articles it's pretty good. Certainly has big advertising revenue and it's free. Guess it's not all bad.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 4:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)


I wish you required a login associated with an identity, like Facebook, Twitter, or Disqus. Once Gawker did that, comments there improved dramatically.

jimstoic (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 4:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, a lot of statists have been pushing for the entire internet to be changed so that everybody who logs in has a complete and total lack of anonymity. This is great for the establishment because it is easier for them to identify and target dissenters.

Anonymous, on the other hand, has the exact opposite approach and has done a fantastic job at helping expose a lot of the murder and criminality within the establishment. No wonder the state hates anonymity on the internet.

I say keep anonymity alive.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 5:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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