New Orleans guidebook and lonelyplanet.com take home SATW gold, travel journalism’s highest honor
Oakland, Calif., (October 23, 2007) – Lonely Planet’s award-winning website, LonelyPlanet.com, received a Gold Award in the Internet Publication / Web site category and an additional Gold Award for its fourth edition New Orleans in the Guidebook Category at the 2007 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards. Members of the Missouri School of Journalism faculty, coordinated by Prof. Judy Bolch, judged the contest. There were 1,490 entries, a record high.
According to one of the judges, “(Lonely Planet’s website) is a rich treasure chest of travel information. Unlike many other sprawling sites, it uses smart organization and attractive presentation as navigation tools. In addition, the site allows its users to add their own content through travel tips and lively discussion boards. The writing and photography are stellar.”
Lonely Planet’s fourth edition of
The competition, open to all North American journalists, recognizes and rewards outstanding travel journalism in the categories of newspapers, magazines, books, Internet media and individual articles. Winners were recently announced at the convention of SATW in
“What an incredible validation of Lonely Planet’s core vision,” said Brice Gosnell, Lonely Planet Regional Publisher, Americas, “For over 30 years Lonely Planet has created compelling content for destinations spanning the globe. Whether in a guidebook or on the web, the goal of our products remains the same: to connect travelers with the world around them. For our
The awards are named for the late Lowell Thomas, acclaimed broadcast journalist, prolific author and modern-day world explorer who achieved numerous “firsts” during five decades in travel journalism. For more information about SATW and Lonely Planet, go to www.satw.org and www.lonelyplanet.com.