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:

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 Judges will be posted in June 2019
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 Andree Lau — HuffPost/Canada
Peter Bhatia — Detroit Free Press David Lucas — Thomson Reuters
Jak Boumans — Electronic Media Reporting (Netherlands) Mark Mahoney — The Daily Gazette
Meredith Broussard — New York University Meg Martin — Minnesota Public Radio
Neil Chase — The Mercury News & East Bay Times Laura McAdoo — The Seattle Times
Paul Cheung — Knight Foundation Jeremy McBain — Petoskey News-Review
Chris Coates — Herald & Review Christine McKenna — CUNY  Lehman College
Linda Corcoran — Cape Cod Times Stephanie Monty — The Internet Educator
Kevin Dale — Colorado Public Radio Javier Moya — The Tab Gang  Revista Don (Spain)
Kristen DelGuzzi — The Arizona Republic / azcentral.com Bernie Oravec — Williamsport Sun-Gazette
Matt DeRienzo — LION Publishers Allison Petty — Herald & Review
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 Rogin — 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 Otto Strong — ESPN
Erik Hall — USA TODAY Network Levi Sumagaysay — Mercury News/Bay Area News Group
Sam Hall — The Clarion-Ledger Annika Toernqvist — The Press Democrat
Chris Harper — Temple University Hannah Wise — Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Rich Jackson — Times-News Catherine Wynn — The Salem News
Keith Jordan — Upstream Digital Media Jim Zachary — The Valdosta Daily Times
Laura Kinsler — GrowthSpotter.com