EPPY™ judges are leaders in all facets of media, including website design, marketing/advertising, editorial, technology, education, and management. We select professionals to serve as judges who have distinguished themselves in their field and who demonstrate exceptional vision and understanding of today's technology.

If you are interested in becoming a 2017 EPPY™ judge, or would like to nominate a colleague, please contact us at: martha@editorandpublisher.com.

EPPY™ judging utilizes a proprietary system developed by Editor & Publisher Magazine. The computer program tabulates scoring, ensuring accurate calculations. Judges adhere to specific guidelines and criteria when evaluating entries, emphasizing that the highest degree of fairness and integrity is used to reach definitive results. Judges look for the best combination of creativity and functionality.

Each entry will be judged on the following:

Well-written, thought-provoking and thoroughly researched content is the core of an outstanding media website.  In addition to text, content includes photos, charts, graphics, audio, video, related links, and a wide variety of other resources that enhance the user’s engagement with and understanding of the subject or purpose of the website.

Even the most stellar content cannot be fully appreciated by the user unless the design supports it. This category encompasses use of layout, graphics, space, topography, color, consistency, and reinforcement of the media brand. Exceptional design is not overly elaborate and does not distract the reader from the content.

Ease of use is vital to an EPPY™ Award-nominated website.  Navigating throughout the site should be intuitive and easy to comprehend for all Web users.  All aspects of the design should assist the user in finding sought-after information.  There should be ease of use while moving to and from the home page, all while maintaining an aesthetically pleasing layout.

Innovative thinking epitomizes success in today’s media world. Is the entry unique in concept, design technique or performance? Is there a “wow” factor, demonstrating something you might not have experienced before? How different is the entry? Does it stand out? Does it demonstrate a significant benefit to the users or does it make a lasting impact? 

Overall Impression
Does the website entice the user to come back consistently to see what’s new and find new content? This category allows the EPPY™ Award judges to express their general  impression  of a site. Would they visit it again? Would they recommend that others visit this site?

*Winners must receive a score in the top one-third of the average score across all categories within their division. As a result, there may be no winner in categories not reaching this threshold.

2017 EPPY Judges
Each year the EPPY™ Awards are judged by a panel of notable figures in the media industry, chosen by the staff of Editor & Publisher.

2016 EPPY™ Judges:

Pete Adler – Canada.com Ross Lasley – The Internet Educator
Dustin Barnes – The Clarion-Ledger Yvonne Latty – New York University, Carter Journalism Institute/Reporting the Nation/NY in Multimedia
Maria Bastidas – Mundo Hispanico Robert Long – Kiplinger Washington Editors – Kiplinger.com
Peter Bhatia – The Cincinnati Enquirer Media David Lucas – Thomson Reuters – Reuters Pictures Online
Jak Boumans – Electronic Media Reporting Laura McAdoo – The Seattle Times
Brandon Bowers – Today’s New Herald Christine McKenna – Columbia School of Journalism - Interport
Frank Bridgewater – Honolulu Star-Advertiser Andrew Mendelson – CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Meredith Broussard – Arthur Carter Journalism Institute, New York University Summer Moore – The Times of Northwest Indiana
Matthew Carroll – MIT Media Lab Javier Moya – The Tab Gang - Revista Don
Mike Casey – MSG Varsity Bernie Oravec – Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Jimena Catarivas – La Rasa Nora Paul – University of Minnesota, School of Journalism, Institute for New Media Studies
Paul Cheung – Associated Press Troy Piekarski – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Bill Church – Sarasota Herald-Tribune Edward Pikulski – Times Shamrock Communications
Chris Coates – The News Journal – DelawareOnline.com Samantha Ragland – The Palm Beach Post
Kevin Dale – Cronkite News at Arizona PBS Adam Sears – The Bulletin
Janet DeGeorge – Classified Executive Training Kevin Siu – The Globe and Mail
Roberto Escardo – The Walt Disney Company Latin America Chris Sosa – RedEye Chicago
Jodi Glusco – WRAL.com Josh Sweigart – Cox Media Group – I-Team
Andrew Green – Thomson Reuters Daniel Tedford – So. California News Group
Nathan Griffiths – Associated Press Matt Teli – The Atlantic Journal-Constitution
Erik Hall – Roanoke Times Julia Thompson – The Arizona Republic
Chris Harper – Temple University & Washington Times Allen Vaughan – Springfield News-Leader
Keith Jordan – Upstream Digital Media Liz White – Record-Journal
Colleen Kelly – Star Tribune Robin Yee – Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Allen Klosowski – SpotXchange Jose Zamora - Univision
Leah Betancourt - Leidos
Jaci Verdana Smith – The News Journal