The Los Angeles Times is a newsroom whose ambition has been unbowed by the seismic forces affecting our industry. We excelled at delivering big league packages on major breaking news: the oil spill in the Gulf, the earthquake in Haiti, and the conflicts in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are still are among the handful of news outlets to have correspondents in these places, and up-to-the-minute coverage from each is a hallmark of our hand-coded home page.

Our investigative and enterprise work is stellar. In the past year we stuck up for foster children who were being let down by a callous bureaucracy and, sadly, tracked their deaths; we told about innocent victims of gang violence in a presentation that takes you there through photos and stories. We undoubtedly saved lives with our groundbreaking investigation of Toyota, with a companion interface that lets readers see if their vehicles are affected. Our entertainment coverage pushed into new areas that took advantage of our rich archives and unique access. Our local coverage was exceptional: Our coverage of Bell and its inflated salaries was groundbreaking, as were articles and companion database about L.A. Unified teachers. Sports dominated on its coverage of the NBA champion Lakers, with a photo gallery of celebrity fans a crowd favorite.

We produced several cool new bits of technological innovation, such as Crime L.A., which brings crimes statistics to the neighborhood level, and our panoramic photos, which delivered incredible images from news and entertainment events. Our Star Walk database lets readers stroll the virtual streets of Hollywood, with 2,400 biographies culled from the archives.

This multifaceted site boasts a design sensibility that delivers news respectfully, manages data effortlessly and lets readers navigate seamlessly. Whether article or blog, photo gallery or database, there is attention to style that makes the site inviting and deep. We ask that you consider it throughout the year as the best-designed site.

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