Local Web Firm Receives "Webby Worthy" Distinction in 9th Annual Webby Awards

Award Winning Web Site for Washington State child welfare information is honored

May 2, 2005— SEATTLE — A Web site designed and developed by local Web firm, Saltmine, has been recognized as Webby Worthy in the 9th annual Webby Awards, a distinction made for sites exhibiting remarkable achievement in content, structure, navigation, visual design functionality, interactivity and overall experience.

The Web site (www.childadcentral.org), was designed for the University of Washington School of Law’s Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic, to demystify Washington’s child welfare system for those working on behalf of children. The site presents an unprecedented amount of information and resources pertaining to child welfare. “People are hungry to learn more about how the child welfare system works. Our site makes resources available for the families at the heart of the child welfare system and, because knowledge is power, the site empowers the many advocates for children and youth; from the grandmother caring for her grandchildren, to the foster parent, to the police officer, to the judge, to the concerned neighbor or teacher. These are the audiences we are reaching,” said clinic director Lisa Kelly.

This year, the Webby Awards received a record number of entries from over 40 countries and all 50 states. Out of 4,000 entries submitted, fewer than 20 percent received this honor and were deemed Webby Worthy. Awards are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser and fashion designer Max Azria.

“The Webby Awards honor the outstanding Web sites that are setting the standards for the Internet,” said Tiffany Shlain, creative director and found of The Webby Awards. “The Webby Worthy selection of the Child Advocacy Web site is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators.”

Winners will be announced on May 3, 2005 and will be honored at a gala event in New York’s landmark Gotham Hall on June 6, 2005. Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches.

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