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 2020 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.

2019 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.

Dustin Barnes, The Tennessean David Lucas, Thomson Reuters
Tyler Batiste, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Mark Mahoney, The Daily Gazette
Peter Bhatia, Detroit Free Press Meg Martin, MPR / Minnesota Public Radio
Jak Boumans, Electronic Media Reporting Laura McAdoo, The Seattle Times
Meredith Broussard — New York University Cara McCoy, USA TODAY
Paul Cheung ,Knight Foundation Christine McKenna, Lehman College
Chris Coates, Herald & Review Margaret McKenzie, The Conway Daily Sun
Linda Corcoran, The Boston Globe Todd Milbourn, University of Oregon
Kevin Dale, Colorado Public Radio Stephanie Monty, The Internet Educator
Kristen DelGuzzi, USA Today Bernie Oravec, Barash Media
Zachary Dennis, Savannah Morning News Meaghan Parker, Society of Environmental Journalists
Matt DeRienzo, LION Publishers Ed Pikulski, Times-Shamrock Communications
Ethar El-Katatney, Wall Street Journal Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon
Mary Firestone, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Steven Remery, Orange County Neighborhood Newpapers
Tim Gallagher, The 20/20 Network Seth Rogin, Nucleus Marketing Solutions
Lindsay Gloor, The Herald-News Dietmar Schantin, Institute for Media Studies
Christopher Graham, Larson Newspapers Marie K. Shanahan, "University of Connecticut, School of Journalism"
Andrew Green, Thomson Reuters Bridget Sibthorp-Moecker, Herald & Review
Megan Greenwell, Deadspin Erica Smith, The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press
Lauren Gustus, Sac/Bee Peter Suciu, Tech Reporter
Erik Hall, The Roanoke Times Josh Sweigart, Dayton Daily News
Sam Hall, The Clarion-Ledger Annika Toernqvist, The Press Democrat
Lisa Heyamoto, University of Oregon Lucio Villa, The Washington Post
Rich Jackson, Herald-Times/Hoosier Times Lauren Walck, Sun Herald and McClatchy
Keith Jordan, Upstream Digital Media Liz White, Record-Journal
Dan Kennedy, Northeastern University Hannah Wise, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Courtney Lamdin, Seven Days Andrew Yates, HuffPost Canada
Katy Lieber, The Press Democrat