To put together the 10 Great Media Websites special report, Media Business issued a call for nominations in our weekly e-newsletter and sent e-mail messages directly to contacts at business media companies. For the first time this year, entries were taken exclusively via an online nomination form.
Business media companies put forward a record number of 60 websites for review in the following categories: technology, trade, general business, portal, launch, relaunch, paid subscription, video/multimedia and Web 2.0, which was divided into tech and trade categories.
A screener went through each site to evaluate its appearance, organization and navigation; search functionality; video and other multimedia content; and community/social media (Web 2.0) features. One litmus test for Web 2.0 elements was recent and regular participation by users.
The final selection of websites was made by a committee of Media Business editors. Within each category, sites were compared with one another according to criteria appropriate to the given category. Sites that were selected in the 2008 and 2009 Great Websites reports were eliminated from consideration in the category in which they were recognized previously.