The Augusta Chronicle's Augustaarchives.com was awarded an EPPY by Editor & Publisher magazine for Best Shopping Application in a Newspaper Online Service at the magazine's trade show in San Jose, Calif., on Friday night.
Augustaarchives.com allows Internet users to search The Chronicle's archives - every article, advertisement and photo - from 1858 to 2000.
"We're thrilled to be recognized by our peers with this award," said Julian Miller, the general manager for The Chronicle. "The online ar chives is something every newspaper in the world would like to have, and right now we're the only ones who have it. This shows once again how our online staff is leading the world with its innovations."
Dozens of newspapers across the country are discussing having similar systems installed at their newspapers through Morris Digital Library System, a new business created for that purpose.
Augustaarchives.com provides access to the newspaper's content through digitized versions of actual pages. The project, which was two years in the making, launched Sept. 4.
Users can access the archives by purchasing a subscription by the day, week, month or year. Fees are payable by credit card.
This is The Chronicle's first EPPY award. The Chronicle's online department has won three Digital Edge awards from the Newspaper Association of America: Best Vertical Site in 2001; Best Overall Newspaper Site in 1998; and Best Interactive Feature in 1997.