2020 EPPY Award Winners Announced

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E&P and Local Media Consortium announced the winners of the 25th annual EPPY Awards on Oct. 27 during a virtual live ceremony sponsored by Viafoura.

This year’s EPPY Awards received more than 450 entries. Winners were selected from an international list of nominations to honor the best digital media websites across 38 diverse categories, in addition to categories for excellence in college and university journalism. Each category was separated into websites with more than 1 million monthly unique visitors, and those that receive less than 1 million. 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.

Once again, thank you to our EPPY judges this year. Our panel of judges is made up of media leaders with backgrounds in website design, marketing/advertising, editorial, technology, education, and management.

Congratulations to our 2020 EPPY winners!

Best Daily Newspaper Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

BostonGlobe.com | The Boston Globe 

Finalists: ReviewJournal.com | Las Vegas Review-Journal AND SFChronicle.com | San Francisco Chronicle

Best Weekly or Non-Daily Newspaper Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

vineyardgazette.com |Vineyard Gazette 

Finalists: Las Vegas Weekly for LasVegasWeekly.com AND People Newspapers |for PeopleNewspapers.com

Best Online News Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

CNN Digital | CNN

Finalist: Block Club Chicago for BlockClubChicago.com

Best Online-Only News Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

STAT | STAT

Finalists: Temple University: Department of Journalism for PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com AND ReligionUnplugged.com

Best Local TV News Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

WSLS.com | Graham Digital

Best Business/Finance Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

CNN Business | CNN

Best Business/Finance Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

STAT: A Must Read in Business | STAT

Finalists: GrowthSpotter.com AND AdamLevin.com

Best News/Political Blog a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

Back to the Battleground” | BostonGlobe.com

Finalists:  Bloomberg Green for “Net Zero” AND Business Insider for “Power and Persuasion in Election”

Best News/Political Blog on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

Coronavirus and Inequality” | Staff of the Center for Public Integrity

 Best Sports News Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

 CNN Sports

 Best Entertainment/Cultural News Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

OnMilwaukee | OnMilwaukee.com

 Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

Careless” | IndyStar.com

Finalist: Consumer Reports for “While They Were Sleeping”

 Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

Two Winners:
Give- and Taken” | Sarah Kleiner and Chris Zubak-Skees, Center for Public Integrity
Lethal Force” | Greenville (SC) News

Finalists: STAT for “On the Covid-19 Front Lines” AND, THE CITY for “Who’s Policing You?”

 Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Reporting on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

Luanda Leaks | International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, FRONTLINE, Expresso, The New York Times and 33 other media partners

Finalists: The Center for Public Integrity, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, High Country News, Ohio Valley ReSource, and StateImpact Oklahoma for “One Disaster Away AND 70-Million Podcast

 Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Reporting on a Website less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

The Riviera Maya Gang: How a Crew of Romanian Criminals Conquered The World of ATM Skimming” | Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Quinto Elemento Lab, Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad, and RISE Project

Finalists: The Kaiser Health News & The Guardian for “Lost on the Frontline” AND, THE CITY for “Chalkbeat and THE CITY”

 Best Collaborative Investigative/Enterprise Video on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

Go There - Fear and Anxiety in Epicenter of Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak” | CNN Go There: Wuhan

Finalists: Trib Total Media for “Tragedy at Brighton” AND  CNN for “No Olvidado: Death and Dignity on the US Border”

 Best Investigative/Enterprise Video on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

The Riviera Maya Gang: How a Crew of Romanian Criminals Conquered The World of ATM Skimming” | Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Quinto Elemento Lab, Mexicanos Contra la Corrupción y la Impunidad, and RISE Project

Finalists: ReligionUnplugged.com for “God And Guns: Why American Churchgoers Are Packing Heat” AND, THE CITY for “Flirting with Disaster: Flood Zones in New York City”

 Best News or Event Feature on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

Visual Coverage of Protests Following George Floyd's Death” | USA TODAY Graphics

Finalists: BostonGlobe.com for “Back to the Battleground” AND Bloomberg News for “Hong Kong on the Edge” ANDThe Tennessean for “The Nashville Tornado”

 Best News or Event Feature on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

Coronavirus in New York” | THE CITY

Finalists: U.S. Chamber of Commerce for “Small Business Resources on COVID-19” AND Honolulu Civil Beat for “Fighting to Save This Rare Maui Bird from Extinction”

 Best Business Reporting on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

The Pandemic: An Historic Business Story” | STAT

Finalists: ReligionUnplugged.com for “Whistleblower Alleges $100 Billion Secret Stockpile by LDS Church” AND  ReligionUnplugged.com for “God And Guns: Why American Churchgoers Are Packing Heat”

 Best Innovation Project on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

NFL Off-Season Dominoes” | ESPN

Finalists: USA TODAY for “Visual Investigation of Violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin” AND Bloomberg Graphics FOR “Tesla Model 3 Survey”

 Best Innovation Project on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

Detained” | Emily Kassie, The Marshall Project in partnership with The Guardian

Finalists: THE CITY for “Missing Them” AND STAT for “Promise and Peril: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Health Care”

 Best Use of Data/Infographics on a Website with more than 1 million unique visito

A Looming Plague” | CNN

Finalists: BostonGlobe.com for “The Boston Globe Data and Infographics” AND ESPN for “Lebron's Journey to Passing Kobe”

 Best Use of Data/Infographics on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

The STAT Covid-19 Tracker | STAT & Applied XL

Finalists: San Francisco Chronicle (SFChronicle.com) AND The CITY for “Coronavirus Tracker”

Best Community Service on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

Throwaway Kids” | The Kansas City Star

Finalists: BostonGlobe.com for “Seeing Red” AND BostonGlobe.com for “At the Edge of a Warming World”

Best Community Service on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

UVA Lawsuits” | Kaiser Health News

Finalists: Greenville News for “Lethal ForceAND Institute for Nonprofit News and Partners for “Lens on Lightfoot”

Best Use of Social Media/Crowd Sourcing on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

Coronavirus Q&A” | CNN Social

Finalists: KHN.org, NPR.org & CBS This Morning for “The Bill of the Month” AND CNN Social for “We Remember”

Best Use of Social Media/Crowd Sourcing on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

Chalkbeat and THE CITY” | THE CITY

Finalists: The CITY for “The City’s Staff” AND Portland Press Herald for “Press Herald on Twitter”

 Best Mobile News App on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

CNN Digital | CNN Digital

 Best Mobile News App on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and PressReader

 Best News or Event Feature Video on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

The Burning Bed” | Retro Report and The New Yorker

Finalists: CNN for “Syrians Are in a Desperate Race to Outrun a Brutal Regime Offensive” AND  The Weather Channel Digital for “When Memory Fails”

 Best News or Event Feature Video on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

God And Guns: Why American Churchgoers Are Packing Heat” | ReligionUnplugged.com

Finalists: Religionunplugged.com for “George Floyd, Race & Religion in 2020” AND  STAT for “On the Covid-19 Front Lines”

 Best Podcast on a Website with more than 1 million unique viewers  

Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction” | CNN

Finalists: The Arizona Republic for “Rediscovering Don Bolles, a Murdered Journalist” AND, The Tennessean for “Country Mile”

Best Podcast on a Website with less than 1 million unique visitors

Offshore Podcast: Far From Home” | Honolulu Civil Beat

Finalists: Loud Tree Media for “Bookable” AND 70 Million Podcast

Best Photojournalism on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

“For one Maine family, the long, hard road from ‘nowhere’ to home” | Boston Globe

Finalists: CNN for “CNN Photo” AND Singapore Press Holdings for “Journalism in Pandemic”


Best Photojournalism on a Website less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

Coronavirus in NYC” | THE CITY

Finalists: THE CITY for “Seeking Justice in New York” AND ReligionUnplugged.com for “God And Guns: Why American Churchgoers Are Packing Heat”

 Best Overall Website Design of a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

CNN Style | CNN

Finalists: Singapore Press Holdings for “70 Years of Waiting” AND  Treehugger for Treehugger.com

 Best Redesign/Relaunch of a Website with more than 1 million unique monthly visitors

ClickOnDetroit | Graham Media Group

Finalists: SFGate.com And ICIJ.org

 Best Redesign/Relaunch of a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

ICIJ.org

Best Promotional/Marketing Campaign on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

“Forecast: Change” | The Weather Channel, an IBM Business/TWC Branded Team, IBM Originals, The Garden Creative

Finalists: Las Vegas Review-Journal for “2020 Academic Excellence Awards Go Virtual” AND The Dallas Morning News for “The Dallas Morning News: Behind the Story”

Best Promotional/Marketing Campaign on a Website with less than 1 million unique monthly visitors

Stimulus Package to Help Small Businesses” | El Clasificado

Finalists: Portland Press Herald for “Portland Press Herald COVID-19 Support Campaign“ AND Shaw Media Illinois for “Friday Night Drive”

 Best Business Reporting on a Website with more than 1 million unique visitors

NBC News Reporting Series: The Paycheck Protection Program” | NBC News Business, Tech, and Media Unit

Finalists: Bloomberg Businessweek for “Tainted Pills, Broken Trust” AND Bloomberg News for “Fisher’s Expensive Sexist Joke”

Best College Campus Website

Baylorlariat.com Baylor University

Finalists: UIC for The Redline Project AND Temple University for The Temple News Website

 Best College Produced Community or Niche Website

South Florida Media Network | FIU Journalism + Media

Finalists: Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY for NYCity News Service, Temple University: Department of Journalism for PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com

 Best News Story on a College Websit

COVID's Invisible Victims” | Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University

Finalists: Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University for “Operation Agent Touch” AND PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, Temple University: Department of Journalism for “People Without Government-Issued IDs Pay a Steep Price to Own Their Identity

Best Feature Story on a College Website

Deported U.S. veterans find aid, comfort in a Tijuana ‘bunker” | Madeline Ackley, Cronkite News at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Finalists: Temple University’s The Temple News for “I'm Still Here: Housing Insecurity Creates Daily Obstacles and Few Solutions” AND  NYCity News Service, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY for “The South Bronx Acts”

Best Photojournalism on a College Website

Thomas Hengge Pavement Pieces | New York University

Finalists: Benjamin Chambers, NYCity News Service for “61 Days of Solitude, Life and Love“ AND Temple University’s The Temple News for “Inside Temple University's Makeshift Surge Hospital”

Best Video on a College Website

Coping With Covid-19” | Staff of 219 West, Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

Finalists: Florida International University for “Mother And Son Offer Autism Training to First Responders” AND  Temple University: Department of Journalism, Media and American Politics for “Voter Security in 2020”

Best College/University Investigative Documentary on a Website

Homeland Secrets” | Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University

Finalists: News Staff, Carnegie-Knight News21, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University for “Kids Imprisoned” AND City Newsroom | NY City Lens at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism for “Things Fall Apart: What Happened to New York City When the Coronavirus Came Calling”

2020 EPPY Judges 

Dietmar Schantin, Founder of IFMS

Peter Suciu, Independent Writing and Editing Professional 

Bernie Oravec, Publisher at Barash Media

Damian Noto, VP at Patch Media

Meaghan Parker, Executive Director at Society of Environmental Journalists

Sharon Prill, Chief Operating Officer, The Penny Hoarder | Taylor Media Inc.

Laura McAdoo, Creative Director at the Seattle Times

Iva Dixit, Staff Editor at New York Times Magazine

Mi-Ai Parrish, Arizona State University

John Heaston, Publisher/Editor, The Reader & El Perico/President AAN

Tim Gallagher, President 2020 Network / Vistage Advisory Group Chair 

Fraser Van Asch, Partner Relations at Klangoo/Vistage Advisory Group Chai

David  Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Sales at Black News Channel, LLC

Margaret McKenzie, Managing Editor at the Conway Daily Sun

Larry Lee, President, Publisher at The Observer Media Group

Mark Mahoney, GateHouse Media New England

Linda Corcoran, Metro Editor at the Boston Globe

Chris Krewson, Executive Director at LION Publishers

Jay Small, COO at The Local Media Association

Dustin Barnes, Digital Strategist at the Tennessean

Christine McKenna, Multimedia Producer, Journalism Educator

Matt Thompson, Editor-in-Chief at Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting

Susan Leath, Director, UNC Hussman School Journalism, and Media Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media

Kevin Dale, Executive Director at Colorado Public Radio

Raina Kelley, Managing Editor of The Undefeated

Steve Waldman, President and Co-Founder at Report for America

Liz White, Publisher & Executive Vice President at Record-Journal

David Lucas, Photo Editor at Thomson Reuters

Annika Toernqvist, Digital Director Sonoma Media Investments

Ethar El-Katatney, Young Audiences Editor at Wall Street Journal

Andrew Green, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Thomson Reuters

Mary Firestone, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA)

Nick Charles, Editor/Spokesperson at Save Journalism Project

Jeff Tennery, Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Moonlighting

Peter Lamb, Owner, Lamb Consulting

Todd Handy, Chief Digital Officer Beasley Media Group

James Green, VP Digital at Lee Enterprises

Zach Dennis, Multimedia Content Editor at Savannah Morning News & savannahnow.com

Kristen DelGuzzi, Managing Editor at USA Today

Paul Cheung, Director Journalism and Technology Innovation at the James L. Knight Foundation

Matt DeRienzo, Editor-in-Chief at Center for Public Integrity

Sue Cross, Executive Director & CEO, Institute for Nonprofit News

Pat Talamantes, Talamantes Strategies

Christian Hendricks, Managing Partner at Extol Digital/President of Local Media Consortium

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