The team behind HeraldScotland have been commended by judges in the UK online media awards.

Our website beat off six other shortlisted candidates to receive the accolade in the best local/regional news site category, sharing second place with BBC East Midlands, and taking the only Scottish honour at the event. The category winner was the Belfast Telegraph.

The Sunday Herald Life App was shortlisted in the Best App category.

The awards, organised by The Drum magazine and presented at the Emirates Stadium in London, recognise the best in online news and journalism.

The 2013 event attracted entries from some of the world's leading websites, including Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Times, CNN, New York Times, Sky, Channel 4 / ITN, ITV, Sunday Times, BBC and Reuters. Categories were judged by an 18-strong international panel.

Channel 4 News was named as website of the year, with presenter Jon Snow honoured for his Twitter feed.

Tim Blott, managing director of the Herald & Times Group, owner of HeraldScotland, said: "We're naturally thrilled to have been recognised in this way by a high-profile panel of judges but, more importantly, we're delighted that our readers and users are telling us that we're doing the right thing.

"Our online traffic figures have effectively doubled over the last year, and it's very encouraging that more and more people are prepared to pay a small subscription to receive the high-quality journalism that underpins HeraldScotland.

"We won't be standing still, though, and we've got plans to invest more time and effort in the website and our new App, which has been very well received in its first weeks."

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