Tut.By

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TUT.BY
Type of site
Internet portal
Available inBelarusian, Russian
OwnerTUT BY MEDIA LLC
Created byYury Zisser
Websitehttp://tut.by/
CommercialYes
RegistrationFree
LaunchedOctober 5, 2000
Current statusActive

TUT.BY is an information and service website in Belarusian and Russian languages. It is based in Minsk, Belarus. In 2019, the website was read by 62%[1] of all Belarusian internet users [2]. The newsroom includes 50 journalists. TUT.BY publishes around 200 news pieces about on domestic and foreign agenda daily. These include original stories and video, analytics, special projects, online broadcasts. In addition to the news section, TUT.BY has specialized sections (Auto, Lady, Finance, Afisha, Realty, Sport and others) and services like weather, exchange rates and others.

History[edit]

  • The Belarusian portal TUT.BY was founded in 2000.

In March 2000 tech journalist Sergey Dmitriev wrote on the forum of the newspaper “Komp'yuternyye vesti” saying that he had an idea to create a Belarusian internet project, and he was ready to gift that idea to anyone who puts it into life. His appeal attracted the attention of Yuri Zisser, the head of the private enterprise "Nadezhnyye programmy". Their meeting on 15 March 2000 can be considered the date of the start of TUT.BY. Nikolay Romanovsky suggested the name to the website. Sergey Dmitriev wanted to make a free e-mail service for Belarusians, similar to Mail.Ru. Andrey Kononovich and Kirill Voloshin (journalists of the newspaper “Komp'yuternyye vesti”), and Danil Rudenko, a programmer with experience in developing electronic mail services and websites, contributed to the launch of the project. After some consideration, the idea transformed into the project of a Belarusian portal under the supervision of Zisser, Voloshin and Rudenko. The founder of TUT.BY Yuri Zisser said their goal was to create a Belarusian Yahoo. In the beginning portal offered free e-mail service, news with an archive, weather forecast, exchange rates, fuel prices, forums and hit counters. Later it began to provide paid website hosting and sell online advertising. Gradually new sections, services and projects appeared on TUT.BY.

  • In August 2016 TUT.BY launched a non-commercial news project about Belarus in English for the foreign audience. The project was named BelarusFeed.
  • The founder of TUT.BY Yuri Zisser received “Advocacy leader 2016” award from the Assembly of business circles for his lasting effort to promote civilized and transparent dialogue between business and government.
  • Around the same time TUT.BY published Sustainability report. The report describes cases with TUT.BY’s initiatives in human rights and environment protection.

In 2017 TUT.BY was recognized a well-known trade mark in Belarus. In 2017 TUT.BY joined the Free Basics project, a joint initiative of mobile service provider life and Facebook to ensure the availability of mobile Internet. TUT.BY supplied news for the project alongside Wikipedia, UN Women and others. TUT.BY and BelarusFeed created a collection of postcards “Welcome To Belarus”. The postcards were handed out to foreigners travelling to Belarus to mark the introduction of the 5 days visa-free entry. In 2017 TUT.BY was among 30 Belarusian companies that signed the “Cooperation agreement of the socially responsible companies in Belarus in the implementation of corporate social responsibility projects”. The agreement was initiated by the local social fund Fond Dobra, part of the UN Global Compact Network Belarus.

  • In March 2018, Belarusian audience of TUT.BY for the first overtook big online platforms like Yandex, Mail.Ru and YouTube.
  • In November 2018 TUT.BY signed the agreement with the Foundation "Directorate of the 2nd European Games 2019" to be info partner as part of Sport Ambassadors project.
  • In January 2019 TUT.BY was registered as an online media by The Ministry of Information. Also in January 2019, a new absolute record[3] in the history of the portal was set as news of all TUT.BY subdomains got 171 million views (web + apps, according to Yandex.Metrica).
  • In February 2019, YouTube sent [4]the “Silver Button” (an award handed to the authors of popular channels) to TUT.BY as the portal’s video channel reached 100,000 subscribers.

Awards[edit]

  • Winner in the nomination “Most popular and visited Internet portal in the Republic of Belarus” (International festival and contest Choice Of The Year 2002).
  • Consumer nomination “Leader brand” according to the nationwide poll in the product group “Information websites” (Professional contest Brand Of The Year 2007-2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).
  • 2015 – TUT.BY named a socially responsible mass media source for the regular coverage of the CSR projects of Belarusian business (the award for corporate social responsibility by the International social economic fund Idea).
  • 2016 – Winner among internet portals in the consumer nomination of the professional republican contest Brand Of The Year.
  • TUT.BY became 11-times winner in the category “Information websites” at Brand Of The Year 2017.
  • Afisha.TUT.BY and Realty.TUT.BY won in the nomination “Media with the best audience involvement”. Lady.TUT.BY and 42 won in the nomination “Most read media” of the international Mediator award (Mail.Ru Group). Realty.TUT.BY was the runner-up in the nomination.
  • 42.TUT.BY is among the winners of the international internet-media award Mediator.
  • TUT.BY сhief editor Marina Zolotova was named Person Of The Year 2018 by Nasha Niva.
  • TUT.BY сhief editor Marina Zolotova became[5] the first laureate of the Journalism Honar award. The award was established in memory of the founder of the BelaPAN information agency Ales Lipai. The award is presented to journalists who combine professional achievements with civil action, and contribute to the development of the media in Belarus and the emergence of the country as a democratic state.
  • In May 2019 TUT.BY topped[6] the Media IQ ranking, dedicated to compliance with journalism ethics in Belarus. Media IQ ranking is prepared by Press Club Belarus with the support of USAID and Pact.

Criticism[edit]

In December 2017, Tut.By has been mentioned among several other Belarusian independent media that had allegedly removed or edited old news stories about the 2015 arrest and ten months long imprisonment of the businessman Viktor Prokopenya from their websites. This was allegedly done after the media were approached by Prokopenya's public relations advisors. The situation has caused a wide discussion among Belarusian journalists and media professionals.[7][8][9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "62% аудитории Байнета — охват TUT.BY по данным gemiusAudience". TUT.BY.
  2. ^ "Sustainable media: the key to independence". EU NEIGHBOURS east. 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Новый рекорд у новостей TUT.BY". https://tutby.com. 13 February 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Александр Демидович, TUT.BY: Нативные спецпроекты в видео формате — тренд, но это неточно". Marketing.by. 19 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Марина Золотова стала лауреатом премии «Гонар журналістыкі» имени Алеся Липая". 9 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Рекордсмен по пропаганде в марте — телеканал СТВ". mediaiq.by. Check date values in: |archive-date= (help)
  7. ^ "«Пракапеня – герой, які ўскрыў гнайнік». Медыяаналітык распавёў, як заўважыў знікненне матэрыялаў у СМІ пра бізнесоўца ["Prakapenya is a hero who cut an abscess open". Media analyst tells how he discovered the disappearance of media articles about the businessman]" (in Belarusian). Belsat. 27 December 2017.
  8. ^ Пілецкі, Алесь (27 December 2017). "«Ніхто нічога страшнага не зрабіў». Рэдактары незалежных СМІ пра выдаленьне матэрыялаў пра Віктара Пракапеню ["Nobody did anything terrible". Editors of independent media about removing articles about Viktar Prakapenya]" (in Belarusian). Radio Svaboda.
  9. ^ "#Прокопенягейт: Социальные сети гудят, независимые медиа говорят "ничего страшного не случилось" [#Prokopenyagate: social networks buzz, independent media say "nothing terrible happened"]". Mediakritika.by (in Russian). 27 December 2017.
  10. ^ Жерносек, Ольга (27 December 2017). "Цензура Прокопени. Кто и почему скрывает от нас правду? [Prokopenya's Censorship: who and why is hiding the truth from us?]" (in Russian). Belsat.

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