Judges

Judges

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 2019 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:

Content
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.

Design/Creativity
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.

Friendliness/Interactivity
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.

Innovation
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.

2018 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
Peter Bhatia — Detroit Free Press Mark Mahoney — The Daily Gazette
Jak Boumans — Electronic Media Reporting (Netherlands) Meg Martin — Minnesota Public Radio
Meredith — Broussard New York University Laura McAdoo — The Seattle Times
Samantha Bush — Southern California News Group Jeremy McBain — Petoskey News-Review
Neil Chase — The Mercury News & East Bay Times Christine McKenna — CUNY  Lehman College
Paul Cheung — Knight Foundation Lincoln Millstein — — Hearst Corp.
Chris Coates — Herald & Review Stephanie Monty — The Internet Educator
Linda Corcoran — Cape Cod Times Javier Moya — The Tab Gang  Revista Don (Spain)
Kevin Dale — Colorado Public Radio Bernie Oravec — Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Kristen DelGuzzi — The Arizona Republic / azcentral.com Allison Petty — Herald & Review
Matt DeRienzo — LION Publishers Autumn Phillips — The Post and Courier
Kathleen Duncan — Reynolds Journalism Institute Ed Pikulski — Times-Shamrock Communications
Tim Gallagher — The 20/20 Network Damian Radcliffe — University of Oregon
Hasani Gittens — NBC News  Senior News Editor Dana Rieck — Belleville News-Democrat
Lindsay Gloor — The Herald-News Seth Rogan — Nucleus Marketing Solutions
Andrew Green — Thomson Reuters Amy Shioji — USA TODAY NETWORK
Megan Greenwell — Deadspin Bridget Sibthorp-Moecker — Herald & Review
Tricia Greyshock — Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Erica Smith — The Virginian-Pilot
Lauren Gustus — The Sacramento Bee Mitch Sneed — Tallapoosa Publishers
Erik Hall — The Roanoke Times Otto Strong — ESPN
Sam Hall — The Clarion-Ledger Levi Sumagaysay — Mercury News/Bay Area News Group
Chris Harper — Temple University Annika Toernqvist — The Press Democrat
Rich Jackson — Times-News Liz White — Record-Journal
Keith Jordan — Upstream Digital Media Hannah Wise — Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Jeremy Kestenbaum — NBC News Digital Catherine Wynn — The Salem News
Laura Kinsler — GrowthSpotter.com Jim Zachary — The Valdosta Daily Times
Andree Lau — HuffPost/Canada