The Payson Roundup won best newspaper Web site from the National Newspaper Association during its annual conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Sept. 30.
The award honored the Roundup's Web site, payson.com, as the best among all daily and nondaily newspapers in the nation.
"It's exciting to bring a national award like this to Payson," said Roundup publisher Richard Haddad.
"When I received the letter notifying us of the award, I called NNA to be sure they really meant best among all daily and non-daily newspapers in the nation. They said the judges really liked the fact that our site was completely focused on the local community."
The Roundup's Web site features a selection of stories and special sections from the printed products. But it also features media extras that can't appear in print, such as videos of breaking news, photo galleries of local events, online coupons, and an archive search allowing readers to find everything from wedding announcements to obituaries.
Other comments from the judges included: clean home page; easy to use; excellent package of special sections; visitors are obviously using the Roundup forum.
"The Roundup forum is an online bulletin board that allows readers to discuss local topics -- everything from politics to strange happenings," Haddad said. "It's called ‘Your Roundup,' and it's been a popular interactive feature for years."
The national award came just weeks after the Arizona Newspapers Association named the Roundup Newspaper of the Year for the seventh year in a row.
"We've tried to be the best community newspaper possible, and that's reflected in our print products and our Web site," Haddad said.
"We love the community and we love what we do.
"I'm grateful for all the support we receive from area businesses and our news sources, but most of all I'm grateful for the more than 13,000 dedicated readers who pick up our paper every week. That's what really makes a hometown paper."