The blog Holvaty says Google News deserved being a finalist in this year’s ESpy Awards.
“Please note my bias as a professional programmer, but I’d say a news application developed by computer scientists is just as deserving of journalism awards as a collection of news stories produced by traditional journalists,” he writes.
The list of this year’s finalists is here and winners will be announced May 12.
If Google is a finalist this year, will Topix be a finalist next year?
Both sites should worry local newspapers and TV stations. Google News and Topix give traffic and take traffic from local sites. They drive traffic when people click from a link, but reduce the need to go as many individual local sites. Long-term, I think will siphon away most site’s traffic.