Inhofe EPW Website Wins Coveted Gold Mouse Award
January 14, 2008
Link to 2007 Congressional Management Foundation’s Gold Mouse Report
Inhofe EPW Website Wins Coveted
Gold Mouse Award
CMF Recognizes Inhofe EPW Committee Website as Among the “Best of the Best”
Washington D.C. - Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment & Public Works Committee, was recognized today by the Congressional Management Foundation http://www.cmfweb.org/ (CMF) for having one of the top websites in Congress. The Inhofe-Republican portion of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee website http://www.epw.senate.gov/minority was awarded CMF’s prestigious 2007 “Gold Mouse Award." CMF is a non-profit, non-partisan management consulting and research organization in Washington, D.C.
Because of a year of stellar achievements, the CMF declared the Inhofe EPW website for being “among the best-of-the-best on Capitol Hill.” “Senator Inhofe’s Committee website shows that he understands the value of creating a virtual office to reach specific audiences who have come to expect having their needs met online,” said Beverly Bell, CMF’s Executive Director. “The Congressional Management Foundation congratulates Senator Inhofe for having a website that is among the best-of-the-best on Capitol Hill, and we are pleased to present Senator Inhofe with the 2007 Gold Mouse Award.”
The impact of the newly redesigned website was felt almost immediately, when tens of thousands of internet users per hour clicked on the Inhofe EPW Press Blog, and as a result, crashed the entire US Senate Web server. The historic shutdown occurred on January 30, 2007. [See: The Hill: Drudge, global warming shut down Senate site. (LINK)]
“Pundits do it. Scientists do it. Even Donald Trump does it. So why shouldn't Congress blog too?” The article goes on to say, “His [Inhofe’s] media team is somewhat notorious in Washington for their 'facts of the day' and 'weekly closer' emails that attempt to get out another side of the story. And their new blog is already making waves, not to mention causing some congressional tech malfunctioning.”
Senator Inhofe’s award winning EPW website also began instituting real time updates during live events. The Inhofe EPW Press team became the first Committee to “live blog” during a Presidential State of the Union Address and began posting live blog updates (LINK) throughout important committee mark-ups.
Websites were graded on how well they incorporate five basic building blocks which extensive research identified as critical for effectiveness: audience, content, usability, interactivity, and innovation. Using these building blocks, an evaluation framework was developed by CMF and their research partners at Harvard, Ohio State, and the University of California-Riverside which would be fair and objective while still taking into account important qualitative factors that affect a visitor's experience on a website.
The Inhofe EPW website also generated international headlines and has served as a source of breaking news and information. Here is a sampling of recent international coverage generated by the Inhofe EPW website: UK Telegraph; Boston Herald; Canada’s National Post; New York Times; Fox News; CNNMoney.com; Human Events; Croatia’s Javno; The Cincinnati Enquirer; WorldNetDaily.com; United Press International (UPI); Spero News; New Zealand Herald; CNSNews.com; Real Clear Politics; PA’s Morning Call; Investor's Business Daily; Colorado Springs Gazette; Newsmax.com; CA’s Orange County Register; Nashua Telegraph; Yahoo News; & Australia’s Herald Sun;
Sampling of Inhofe EPW Website’s Watchdog Role on News Media:
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