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 2018 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.

Dustin Barnes - The Clarion-Ledger

Meg Martin – Minnesota Public Radio

Peter Bhatia - The Cincinnati Enquirer

Laura McAdoo – The Seattle Times

Jak Boumans  - Electronic Media Reporting

Jeremy McBain – Petoskey News-Review

Meredith Broussard –New York University

Christine McKenna – Lehman College, CUNY

Clytie Bunyan – The Oklahoman & NewsOK.com

Bob Moser – GrowthSpotter

Neil Burk – The Paper of Montgomery County

Javier Moya – The Tab Gang, Revista Don

Matt Carroll – Northeastern University

Paul Myers – The Foothills Sun-Gazette

Neil Chase – The Mercury News and the East Bay Times

Bernie Oravec – Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Paul Cheung – NBC News Digital

Antonio Pasagali – Prodigioso Volcan, Spain

Chris Coates – Herald & Review

Emily Passer – NBC News Group

Linda Corcoran – Cape Cod Times

Allison Petty – Herald & Review

Kevin Dale – Cronkite News at Arizona PBS/ASU

Autumn Phillips – Quad-City Times

Kristen DelGuzzi – The Arizona Republic

Troy Piekarski – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Matt DeRienzo – LION Publishers

Ed Pikulski – Times-Shamrock Communications

Roberto Escardo – Content and Marketing Specialist

Tomari Quinn – The Topeka Capital Journal

Tim Gallagher – The 20/20 Network

John Reidy – Herald & Review

Dr. Mario Garcia – Columbia University

Seth Rogan – Nucleus Marketing Solutions

Andrew Green – Thomson Reuters

Bridget Sibthorp-Moecker – Herald & Review

Erik Hall – The Roanoke Times

Chris Sosa – Chicago Tribune

Sam Hall – The Clarion-Ledger/USA TODAY

Jamie Stockwell – San Antonio Express-News

Chris Harper – Temple University

Otto Strong – ESPN

Rich Jackson – Times-News

Josh Sweigart – Dayton Daily News

Keith Jordan – Upstream Digital Media

Annika Toernqvist – Sonoma Media Investments

Colleen Kelly – Star Tribune

Liz White – Record Journal

Laura Lane – The Times of Northwest Indiana


Ross Lasley – Ross Lasley Academy

Hannah Wise – Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/CBCNews.ca

Yvonne Latty – New York University

Jim Zachary – The Valdosta Daily Times

Robert Long – Kiplinger Washington Editors

John Zaktansky – The Daily Item/Inside Pennsylvania

David Lucas – Thomson Reuters

Jose Zamora - Univision

Mark Mahoney – The Daily Gazette