Orlando Sentinel Media Group's GrowthSpotter was honored with the 2017 EPPY Award by Editor & Publisher on Wednesday for "Best Business/Finance Website" in the country in its size category, the second time in three years it has won the award.
More than 320 entries were filed in the 22nd annual EPPY Awards, which recognize excellence across the journalism industry with 30 diverse award categories. The contest was judged by 57 news industry professionals from North America and Europe.
A majority of the awards are granted to two entrants that fall above and below the dividing line of 1 million unique monthly visitors. GrowthSpotter won for the "less than 1 million" segment, and Bloomberg was its peer winner for "Best Business/Finance Website" among larger news outlets.
"The GrowthSpotter editorial staff works hard to provide Central Florida with unique stories about developments that are changing the landscape in every corner of our market," said Julie Anderson, GrowthSpotter publisher and Sentinel senior vice president. "We are gratified to our journalism peers for recognizing GrowthSpotter for this prestigious award."
The Orlando Sentinel Media Group launched GrowthSpotter in May 2015 to provide a premium subscription service to the real estate and development industry in Central Florida. Subscribers receive its newsletter on weekdays, and the website archives stories dating back to its inception.
GrowthSpotter drew national acclaim soon after in October 2015, winning its first "Best Business/Finance Website" EPPY Award.
This past June, GrowthSpotter also won the Silver Award for "Best Website" in the country amongst real estate-focused news outlets from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE).
Publications across the country compete in NAREE awards regardless of circulation or staff size. GrowthSpotter finished second in that contest to The Wall Street Journal.