Bankrate.com, Slate.com, SPACE.com and Weather.com Join Online Publishers Association as Charter Members
 

NEW YORK, NY -- September 25, 2001 -- The Online Publishers Association (OPA) announced today that Bankrate.com, Slate.com, SPACE.com and weather.com have joined OPA as charter members, expanding its current membership to 16. Elizabeth DeMarse, president and CEO of Bankrate, Scott Moore, publisher of Slate.com, John C. Ferrara, president and CEO of SPACE.com, and Debora Wilson, president and CEO of weather.com, will serve as representatives to OPA.

"We are pleased to have these four outstanding organizations join our association as charter members," said Michael Zimbalist, acting executive director of OPA. "Each new member brings a unique perspective to the group and helps strengthen our mission of advancing the online publishing industry. We look forward to supporting these quality content providers and working with them on our upcoming initiatives."

"The Online Publishers Association has the opportunity to make significant contributions to the future of quality publishing on the Internet," said Debora Wilson, president and chief executive officer for weather.com. "weather.com is excited to participate in the formation of this important industry organization."

Scott Moore, publisher of Slate.com, said: "Slate has always ascribed to the highest standards of editorial quality, integrity and accountability in Internet publishing. We look forward to working with the OPA to advance these standards and other interests of high-quality online publishers before key advertising, media, public and government constituencies."

"As an online publishing company, Bankrate is proud to be a member of OPA," stated Elisabeth DeMarse, president and CEO of Bankrate, Inc. "We agree with the OPA mission of high quality and are eager to work with the other members to foster that goal throughout the industry."

Bankrate.com, Slate.com, SPACE.com and weather.com are the first four organizations to join OPA since it opened its doors to new members in August 2001. For more information about becoming a member of OPA, please visit www.online-publishers.org/membership.

Bankrate.com is a destination site of personal finance channels, including banking, investing, taxes and small business finance and is the leading aggregator of over 100 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used auto loans, money market accounts and CD's, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. Bankrate.com provides financial applications and information to a network of over 100 partners and distributes its information through more than 100 national and state publications.

Slate.com is a leading online magazine founded and edited by Michael Kinsley and published by Microsoft. Slate.com provides readers with an informed perspective on news, politics, and culture and is a member of the MSNTM network of Internet services from Microsoft, which helps people to better organize the Web around what is important to them. Slate averages over 2.5 million unique user hits per month according Jupiter Media Metrix.

SPACE.com is the first multimedia company dedicated to space and space related content. Anchored on the web, SPACE.com offers rich and compelling content, including space business news, information, education, and entertainment. SPACE.com also publishes Starry NightTM, the world's leading astronomy software and Space News, the premier business to business international newsweekly dedicated entirely to space business.

weather.com, The Weather Channel® Web site, is consistently ranked among the top single-content sites on the Web by Media Metrix and as one of the leading news and information sites by Nielsen//NetRatings. Averaging 350 million page views and 14 million unique users per month, the weather.com network offers comprehensive weather information for more than 77,000 locations worldwide and provides relevant content to help users plan for everyday life.

About the Online Publishers Association

Founded in June 2001 by twelve of the Internet's leading content brands, the Online Publishers Association is an industry trade organization whose mission is to advance the interests of high-quality online publishers before the advertising community, the press, the government and the public.

Members of OPA represent the highest standards in Internet publishing with respect to editorial quality and integrity, credibility and accountability. For more information about Online Publishers Association, visit www.online-publishers.org.

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