MercuryNews.com and SiliconValley.com have been nominated as finalists for best website in the annual Editor & Publisher EPPY Award contest, which honors excellence in digital journalism produced by media companies from around the globe.

In all, the work of Bay Area News Group journalists was nominated as finalists in seven categories. The nominations also included SiliconBeat.com, the Bay Area News Group's technology blog; sports columnist Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog; BANG's Viewfinder photo blog; the online presentation of the year-long Cost of Dying project, which examined the financial and emotional cost of end-of-life care; and a related video.

"The number of nominations underscores BANG's continued transformation in producing outstanding journalism in various digital formats as well as in print," said David J. Butler, editor of the Mercury News and BANG.

Nominated as finalists in the competition, which has 30 categories and attracts entries from the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and Asia, were:

-- MercuryNews.com, one of four finalists in the best newspaper website with 1 million unique monthly visitors or more category.

-- SiliconValley.com, one of three finalists in the best business/finance website with fewer than 1 million visitors category.


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-- MercuryNews.com/cost-of-dying, a special online section built on MercuryNews.com for the Cost of Dying project. It is one of four finalists in the best community service on a media-affiliated website with 1 million or more visitors category. The entire project is also available on a Cost of Dying iPad app.

-- "Gayla's Goodbye,'' one of several videos that are part of the Cost of Dying project, is one of six finalists in the best enterprise/investigative video with 1 million or more visitors category.

-- The Viewfinder photo blog, one of 10 finalists in the best use of photography on a website with 1 million or more visitors. The blog showcases the best of Bay Area News Group photography and includes behind-the-scenes stories from the award-winning photo staff,

-- SiliconBeat.com, one of three finalists in the best business blog with fewer than 1 million visitors category.

-- Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog, one of four finalists in the best sports blog with fewer than 1 million visitors.

The Bay Area News Group is part of Digital First Media, which overall received 23 finalist nominations in the EPPY Award contest, which is in its 18th year. Other media companies whose work was named as finalists in various categories included the Financial Times, Boston Globe, CNN, ESPN, The Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune and Denver Post. The winners will be announced Oct. 30.