Best Politics Blog

Fired Up! Missouri
http://www.firedupmissouri.com

The Judges Say: In a state dominated by a Republican legislature and an increasing number of right-wing talk shows and blogs, Fired Up! Missouri often stands as the lone voice of reason, keeping state and federal legislators in check. Sean Nicholson may be the hardest-working blogger in the state, routinely scooping the big dailies on news about Missouri politicians. Moreover, his in-depth reporting has exposed more about campaign finance and billionaire financier Rex Sinquefield than any other news source.

Finalists
STL Today Political Fix – http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix
John Combesthttp://www.johncombest.com
St. Louis Beacon – http://www.stlbeacon.org/issues-politics


Best Local Activism Blog

Urban Review STL
http://urbanreviewstl.com

The Judges Say: Steve Patterson works diligently to make St. Louis a better place, whether by addressing the city's lack of curb cuts for the disabled, championing public transit and bicycling options, comparing the city's downtown grocers to those in other major cities or chronicling the bars that are not in compliance with the city's smoking ban. He works hard at gauging the opinions of his readers through polls, and he encourages them to get involved by publishing information about public meetings and urging them to vote.

Finalists
St. Louis Activist Hub – http://stlactivisthub.blogspot.com
St. Louis Volunteenhttp://www.stlouisvolunteen.com
Slow Food St. Louis – http://www.slowfoodstl.org
Preservation Research – http://preservationresearch.com
NextStop STL – http://www.nextstopstl.org
Show Me No Hate – http://showmenohate.blogspot.com


Best Flickr Pool

tjl photography/Tom Lampe
http://www.flickr.com/people/tom_lampe_photography

The Judges Say: To see why we picked this one as the winner, just look at his work! It's wonderful. Tom Lampe covers well-known and obscure events alike — and brings his unique perspective to both.

Finalists
Bob Crowe – http://www.flickr.com/people/bobcrowe
Louis Kwokhttp://www.flickr.com/people/lhkwok
Peat Wollaeger – http://www.flickr.com/people/stensoul
Steven Fitzpatrick Smithhttp://www.flickr.com/people/12301761@N00


Best Use of Video in Entertainment

Lo-Fi Saint Louis
http://lofistl.com

The Judges Say: Bill Streeter makes the real St. Louisans he profiles seem larger than life; on this site, even the guy parked on the bar stool next to you somehow seems worthy of fame. There's a seamless style to the videos at Lo-Fi Saint Louis that echoes the look and feel of the website. In addition to the fantastic picture quality, the lightboxed videos help keep your place should you watch too many in one sitting.

Click here for "Sweet and Lo-Fi," the RFT's 2006 feature profile of Bill Streeter.

Finalists
Living St. Louis – http://livingstlouis.wordpress.com
ToastedRav – http://www.toastedrav.com
The Rise to the Top – http://www.therisetothetop.com
Camping Gear TV – http://campinggeartv.com


Best Use of Video in Food Blogging

Scott Roberts
http://www.scottrobertsweb.com/weeklyfirecast

The Judges Say: When it comes to food, some like it hot — and some like it Scott Roberts hot. If you have a thing for spicy chiles and delicious barbecue, the Weekly Firecast is for you. Roberts' spoonful taste-test reviews provide an honest, real-time reaction to some of the world's hottest sauces. We love the passion he brings to his niche corner of the food world.

Finalists
Let's Dish – http://www.stlmag.com/St-Louis-Magazine/Food/Lets-Dish


Best Use of Twitter to Promote a Business/ Organization

Charter Communications
@Charter

The Judges Say: With super-quick response time and an empowered customer-service team, Charter goes above and beyond for its social-media savvy customers. The staff monitoring Twitter doesn't just solve problems for anyone whose tweets mention "charter" or "@charter" — they actually follow up afterward to make sure everything has worked out.

Finalists
Saint Louis Science Center T-Rex – @SLSC
STL Metro Transit – @STLMetro
Pi Pizza Truck – @PiTruckSTL
Schlafly Beer – @Schlafly


Best Use of Twitter to Promote a Personal Brand

David Garland
@TheRiseToTheTop

The Judges Say: 2010 was a busy year for video blogger/entrepreneur/author David Siteman Garland — yet he's still found the time to amass 27,000 Twitter followers. Even when limited to 140 characters, Garland manages to mix witty banter and industry ideas into a pleasant stream. He calls himself "The #1 Non-Boring Resource For Building Your Business Smarter, Faster, Cheaper." And in his case, that's not even hyperbole.

Finalists
Claire McCaskill@clairecmc
Dana Loesch@DLoesch
Danielle Hohmeier@daniellesmyname
Michael Tomko@michaeltomko


Best Use of Facebook to Promote a Business

Cranky Yellow
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cranky-Yellow/27298581605

The Judges Say: More than 1,300 people are fans of Cranky Yellow on Facebook, and after reading proprietor David Wolk's witty status updates, it's not hard to see why. There's much to smile at here, and there's so much interaction with the store's fans, you'll actually see them posting pictures on Cranky Yellow's wall. The photo albums, too, are a marvel. If the album "Things We Sell" doesn't make you want to stop by and browse, you clearly lack of an appreciation for Cranky Yellow's special brand of whimsy.

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16 comments
Sammy Ming
Sammy Ming

the best blog i've seen come out of st. louis is an awareness blog called www.eyeswideblind.com. Very large following, I actually didn't know the staff was located in st. louis until recently.

Jeff_C13
Jeff_C13

Why oh why hasn't BuenoJoe.com been nominated. I sure hope they get some recognition in the next awards show

JJazz
JJazz

Virginia Kerr how do you feel about Kent Ehrhardt making sexually explicit comments about your attire? And what does your very attractive young husband feel about it.

Bruce Kyle
Bruce Kyle

wow thanks alot for the award guys very dissapointed I didnt get to go

Ross PR
Ross PR

So happy for all of you that won and were mentioned. Thanks@RiverfrontTimes for doing this. So just in case I missed anyone in my tweets Congrats

theobell
theobell

I hate that I missed the event! Congrats to everyone but especially my bros @rizzotees and @therisetothetop

ugh...
ugh...

Why didn't the RFT nominated showmedaily.org as a candidate for best political blog? The blog has frequent discussions of Missouri and St. Louis policy that go into much more detail and analysis than anything else nominated.

Tho, I don't understand how anything beat out Political Fix... That blog breaks news, whereas Fired Up! incoherently reacts to Political Fix's news updates and other independent reporting.

lisa mueller
lisa mueller

William. I ca't make it tonite now! My cousin Ashley Flinn would love to go. She's in the biz. Plus one. I won the tix today via FB. Back to the rough day, Lisa Mueller

lisa mueller
lisa mueller

This msg is for William. I am unable to come tonite. I won the tix via FB. Lisa Mueller. My cuz would love to have them. Ashley Flinn, plus one. She's in the music biz too. FB msg me back if u get this. Thanks a million. Now back to a rough day..

Seanebryant
Seanebryant

Props to Adam Shriver and St. Louis Activist Hub; my source for progressive discourse in St. Louis...

Mary Kathleen Crowley
Mary Kathleen Crowley

Thank you RFT for acknowledging some of St. Louis's best at what they love. You help keep St. Louis fresh and alive. All reports of the "death of St. Louis" pale in the people you have recognized. They have a zest and a feel for the topical. Thanks again.

Chris @ Rizzo Tees
Chris @ Rizzo Tees

Wow. WOW! Thank you judges, thank you RFT, thank you to my peeps at Scorch, and big thank yous to Falk Harrison for bringing me on. In the interests of full disclosure, Falk Harrison will be taking away my Internet access to ensure I get work done while on site. But I am taking steps to mitigate...... Hello Clear 4G Personal Hotspot! BWOOOHAAAHAAAHAAAAA!

David Siteman Garland
David Siteman Garland

An honor to take home an award! Looking forward to the event tomorrow night.

 
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