DIARY: Homeless heard at New Statesman web awards

The New Statesman's annual new media awards took place last week with the star of the show a homeless 26-year-old web wizard from London.



'Steve' - the brains behind hungryandhomeless.co.uk - hoped to dispel the myth that homeless people are lazy, drug-taking, good-for-nothing alcoholics.



Through putting his story on the web - and registering his anger at media bias on the homeless issue - he has found a job and got himself out of the predicament he was in.



'It is a sign of how individuals can use the net for creative objectives,' says The New Stateman PR manager James Cully. 'We got more nominations for the Advocacy award than any other. Through campaigning, people can make a difference on matters that are not aired by the mainstream media.'



Other winners of the awards doled out by trade secretary Patricia Hewitt included Camden.gov.uk in the e-government category and a damning 'Raspberry Award' for the inlandrevenue.gov.uk site. This was 'the worst website seen by the judges this year'.



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