Seattle Times is a general excellence finalist for 2012 OJAs

This is an exciting day. We didn't want to get our hopes up too high for the Online Journalism Awards because, even though we're a smaller regional paper, we fall into the "large" category with likes of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and CNN. But lo and behold, there we are, listed as finalists alongside them for general website excellence! I am so, so proud of this team and this newsroom for all the changes we've brought to the site in the past year.  We're also finalists for online commentary (in part for this video editorial by Prometheus Brown) and investigative reporting, for our Methadone investigation. Thanks to everyone in the newsroom who has contributed to our successes, and to all the other finalists. Drinks on me at ONA in San Francisco! (Just kidding. But I'll totally give high fives).