London - FT.com won the best investigative reporting category at the 2003 NetMedia European Online Journalism Awards last week. The accolade was given to FT.com's special report on weapons of mass destruction which was put together by a team of 15 journalists and production staff.
The major three-part investigation revealed the spread of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons in 35 key countries around the world, exposing who has what, suspected research programmes, missing stockpiles and striking ranges.
The awards were launched in 1999, and this year over a 1000 entries were put forward from across Europe. The competition was judged by 118 representatives from European media organisations and journalism schools.
Tracy Corrigan, editor of FT.com commented: "This award proves again that FT.com is an invaluable site for in depth news and analysis. The special weapons of mass destruction report is journalism at its best, and an outstanding achievement for the team involved."
The Financial Times Group, one of the world's leading business information companies, aims to provide a broad range of business information and services to the growing audience of internationally minded business people. The FT Group includes:
- The Financial Times, one of the world's leading business newspapers, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed in 21 cities across the globe, has a daily circulation of over 460,000 and a readership of more than 1.6 million people worldwide.
- FT.com is one of the world's leading business information websites, and the internet partner of the FT newspaper. Since its relaunch in May 2002, the website has continued to be the definitive home for business intelligence on the web, providing an essential source of news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community. FT.com attracts 3.5 million unique monthly visitors, generating over 55 million page views.
- The FT Group's pan-European network of national business newspapers and online services including France's leading business newspaper and website, Les Echos and lesechos.fr, and Spain's leading business newspaper and website, Expansion and expansiondirecto.es. In February 2000, the FT launched a new German language newspaper, FT Deutschland, with a fully integrated online business news and data service.
- Through FT Interactive Data, the FT Group is one of the world's leading sources of securities pricing and specialist financial information to global institutional, professional and individual investors. Its products include eSignal, an online realtime streaming quotation service for brokers and active traders.
- FT Business which produces specialist information on the retail, personal and institutional finance industries. It publishes the UK's premier personal finance magazine, Investors Chronicle, and The Banker, Money Management and Financial Adviser for professional advisers.
- The Financial Times Group also has a stake in a number of joint ventures, including;
- FTSE International, a joint venture with the London Stock Exchange.
- Vedomosti, Russia's leading business newspaper and a partnership venture with Dow Jones and Independent Media
- A 50% stake in BDFM, publishers of South Africa's leading financial newspapers and websites.
- A 50% stake in The Economist Group, which publishes the world's leading weekly business and current affairs journal.
- The FT Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media group.
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