Salon won the top award for enterprise journalism at the Online Journalism Awards in Berkeley, Calif., Friday night.
The citation to Salon was for a series of articles, "Radio's Big Bully," by senior writer Eric Boehlert. The articles chronicled the rise of Clear Channel Communications and traced a complex new form of payola in the radio industry.
This year marked the second annual Online Journalism Awards competition, a joint effort of the Online News Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
Salon received six separate nominations in the awards this year, more than any other Web news organization.
The awards, in eight categories, were divided between independent Web-only sites and those affiliated with larger media organizations. A complete list can be found here.
Other winners Friday included BBC.com, which won for general excellence and for breaking news, the latter for its coverage of the Concorde crash in July outside Paris; and Slate, which won for general excellence by an independent site and for online commentary. The latter award went to its Supreme Court reporter, Dahlia Lithwick.