Masters of Cyberspace

The Press hands out its first Houston Web Awards.

Jay Rascoe
@gunsandtacos

"Houston is the greatest city on Earth, if you know what you're doing."

There are tweets about cats, babies, food and sports clogging up your Twitter timeline right now, no doubt. But then there are tweets like Jay Rascoe's back in March that remind you of why you love Houston. The taco enthusiast and budding beer connoisseur hit to the heart of why we love Houston. It's true, Houston really is the greatest city on Earth, if you play your cards right. We have art, food, music, beautiful people, mega amounts of international culture — now if we can just find a way to air-condition the damned thing.

Best Photo of the Year
From a downtown bank robbery to a beer fest bust, Kyle Nielsen is Houston's one-man muckraking machine.
Photo by Jeff Myers
From a downtown bank robbery to a beer fest bust, Kyle Nielsen is Houston's one-man muckraking machine.
Andrew Karnavas, a.k.a. AndyRoo, is using his social media contacts to launch a children's music career.
Photo by Jeff Myers
Andrew Karnavas, a.k.a. AndyRoo, is using his social media contacts to launch a children's music career.

Phosphorescence by OneEighteen on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/oneeighteen/5577592353

OneEighteen, also known as Louis Vest, is a pilot at the Houston Ship Channel. He uses his camera to document the industrial landscape of Houston's shipping inlet, and in this photo, captures bioluminescent microorganisms responding to the friction of a ship's bow. The photo is a perfect summation of his entire Flickr stream and of Houston as a whole, where beauty can be found in the most concrete of jungles.

Best Video of the Year

Owen Conflenti
KPRC Houston

On the morning of January 31 around 9:20, when everyone was at work or sleeping off the weekend, local KPRC anchor Owen Conflenti was settling back in for a scheduled news update when, possibly forgetting about the evolving aspect ratio of modern high-definition, he gave a good-natured one-finger salute to someone off camera in the studio. By that afternoon, it was common knowledge around town as TiVo's were scanned for the offending gesture, and by that Thursday the Huffington Post and even the Daily Mail in the U.K were reporting on the incident. For once it was a relief to see Houston in the national spotlight for something harmless. No one was as offended as you would have imagined for a city with a church on most every block, and Conflenti still very much has a job at KPRC, and even went on to cover the Super Bowl in Dallas that next weekend. We give all of our good friends the finger. It's the new hug for the '10s. I'm giving you the finger right now.

Best Blog Post of the Year

The Bloggess Accidentally Spreads Christmas Cheer thebloggess.com/2010/12/thank-you-from-me-victor-hailey-anderson-cooper-and-james-garfield/

Last Christmas, Jenny "The Bloggess" Lawson offered a limited number of gift cards to people struggling during the holidays. The comment section rapidly became a free-for-all of heartbreaking stories of desperate financial need and acts of profound generosity.

craig.hlavaty@houstonpress.com

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yahoo-JLSCRQYX2KV22JH3JPSYIG4AFY

although your magazine is on line - & for the formost decent to read while traviling you shouldtry web awards every printing day as an online service ,.//www,wleroy91@yahoo,.com

DFXden
DFXden

Thank You Houston Press for your attention to Houston's CYBERSphere and for recognizing our work on the Hugos' Restaurant Website. -Sincerely, DFXden

KelseyDD
KelseyDD

Any awards for KPRC? Their great reporting broke the story that went international: a pit near Houston with dozens of bodies; kids, adults, some mutilated.

Of course they tweeted it without a source, saying they'd cover it on the 5pm news.Turns out it was a call-in from a psychic. Nice work KPRC!

Azure2
Azure2

FYI...

There is NO SUCH thing as a "first annual" event. Annual means yearly- a first ever event is not annual and should NOT be referred to as annual until the second year. Why does everyone make this obvious error? Why is it being made in a newspaper of all places? Is there no proofreading or editing done at the Houston Press?

Fidoz
Fidoz

By far the best Television/Movie/Music/Pop Culture Blog is www.ApeDonkey.com then again I'm biased.

Lovethecityofhouston
Lovethecityofhouston

Congrats to all the winners! But I wonder what criteria is used to choose the winners? For example Best Use of Video in Entertainment. Was this based on video quality, number of views, original content, number of videos, creativity? I am a little surprised on how they won using YouTube generated content which anyone can do and does not take much work to paste a url. It's much harder to actually go out and do the actual footwork, edit your own content using thousands of $$$ in equipment and software. More attention should have been paid to originality, creativity and quality in this decision. Here are a few comparisons on original content and the work involved in covering Houston through original video content:

Lawndale Art CenterHouston Center for PhotographyFamous Houston Interior Designer Kelly Gale AmenYao Restaurant and Bar Pick any Houston Event

I do understand it is the first one but let's put a little more thought into this guys.

yeahMyFavorite!
yeahMyFavorite!

Oh boy this will only fuel Kylejack, the shat stirrer!! Ha ha! Don't forget the tweet about Sue Lovall's son smoking pot during his shift at El Real, and yesterday's gut funny tweet about....ready....he tried to get the lic. plate numbers of a USPS (UPS) truck driver for honking at a lady working out on Washingto...Oh the thought! Women insulted everywhere! Thank goodness we have this crime reporter on the beat!!!

KelseyDD
KelseyDD

...whatever, go back to Jr. High usage class and complain to your teacher who might give you a gold star. Bet you heard this on the same podcast I listen to...

Wannabe
Wannabe

hahaha he should get the award for most overexposed and self-congratulatory private citizen

Azure2
Azure2

Sorry, but this is a very simple thing and I tire of seeing it constantly used incorrectly, especially in "journalism"...RIDICULOUS.

 
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