WebbyAwards.com

NOTE: This story is from last year… but you can also read this year’s equally wonderful news.

Well, this is a real honor: Truthdig is grateful to be a 2015 Webby Awards nominee for Best Political Blog/Website.

Online voting for the People’s Voice Award, which is decided by popular vote, is up and running as of Tuesday morning, and the virtual booths close on April 23.

Needless to say, we’re in some stellar company, as FactCheck.org, On the Fence, Rolling Stone’s “America’s Gun Violence Epidemic” site and Politico are also up for this prize. This year’s honorees in the same category are Emily’s List, The Labour Party, The New Yorker’s Close Read blog, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Uncovery and Capitol Alert.

“The Webbys are the Oscars of the Internet, and we are thrilled by the possibility of winning this industry-standard award,” Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer said Tuesday, following the awards organization’s announcement.

“To be nominated by our peers for this prestigious award is a great honor. It shows that digging for the truth and upholding the highest journalistic standards are still qualities that people want,” added Truthdig Publisher Zuade Kaufman.

Comic Hannibal Buress will host the 18th annual Webby ceremony, which will be held May 19 in New York City. Readers may recall that Buress was the performer who, by cracking wise on the subject during a standup routine last October in Philadelphia, helped spark the firestorm of media interest around comedy legend Bill Cosby’s alleged pattern of sexual assault.

Other nominees from the Internet media milieu include The Guardian, VICE News, Quartz and The New York Times in the News category; Vanity Fair’s VF Daily and the NYT’s “The Upshot” in the Blog-Cultural lineup; and WIRED.com, The New Yorker, VF.com and Vice in the Magazine group. Mashable’s Webby story highlights this year’s picks from the entertainment, gaming, streaming and social media arenas as well.

We are pleased to share this news with our readers, who represent our first priority and our main motivation for doing what we do.

No matter the results, one thing’s for sure — Bob Scheer’s five-word speech from the 2010 Webby ceremony (which was, it should be noted, held at Cipriani Wall Street) is still a tough act to follow (via YouTube):

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

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