The 2020 EPPY Awards
The EPPY Awards honor the best in digital media across 38 diverse categories. Now in its 25th year we’ve broaden its scope with new categories for college  journalism and investigative reporting.

EPPY Entry Deadline for 2020 is Now Over.

Winners will be announced on
October 21st.

Newsday

Newsday staffers who won 2019 EPPY Awards are shown in the newsroom on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.

CNN

CNN's teams won six Division 1 EPPYs in 2019: Best News Website, Best News or Event Feature, Best Business Reportingr, Best Use of Data/Infographics, Best News or Event Feature Video, Best Investigative/Enterprise Video and Best Sports Video.

NBC News Digital

The team won an EPPY for Best Use of Social Media/Crowd Sourcing in Division 1 with “Election Confessions.” Pictured are (back row, left to right): Jeremia Kimelman, Joe Murphy, Nigel Chiwaya, Jiachuan Wu, (front row): Robin Muccari and Anna Brand.

Las Vegas Weekly

The Las Vegas Weekly won the EPPY Award for Best Weekly or Non-Daily Newspaper Website with under 1 million unique monthly visitors.
This year's categories

Web site categories

Best daily newspaper website
Best ethnic news website
Websites that focus on underserved communities and offer latest news updates, breadth of original content presentation and inclusion of multimedia.
Best weekly or non-daily newspaper website
Websites that accompany a weekly or non-daily newspaper and offers news updates, breadth of original content presentation, and inclusion of multimedia.
Best sports news website
Stand alone website or a section of a larger website that offers original content, latest news updates, sports history and culture, statistics and inclusion of multimedia for sports.
Best magazine website
Websites for a single magazine title that delivers an array of content that is a fit with its target readership while embracing innovation and providing appealing aesthetics and design.
Best online-only news website
Online only websites (with no print product) that offer latest news updates, breadth of original content presentation, and inclusion of multimedia.
Best local TV news website
Websites that accompany a local TV news outlet and offer latest news updates, breadth of original content presentation and inclusion of multimedia.
Best local radio news website
Websites that accompany a local radio news outlet and offer latest news updates, breadth of original content presentation and inclusion of multimedia.
Best business / finance website
Websites that provide latest news updates, breadth of original content presentation and inclusion of multimedia which are dedicated to business/finance topics.
Best entertainment / cultural news website
Stand alone website or a section of a larger website that offers latest coverage/updates and original content presentation that is devoted to cultural, lifestyle and/or entertainment topics.
Best mobile news app
A Mobile App is an actual application that is downloaded from an App store and installed on a smart phone or tablet. By opening that App, a user has access to news stories that could include one or more of the following: breaking news, sports news, business news, politics, entertainment, et al.

College categories

Best College Campus Website
Websites that accompany a college print newspaper, radio station or TV station serving a campus community and primarily created by students (with the help of faculty advisors) and offer latest news updates, breadth of original content presentation and inclusion of multimedia. These sites can be published by colleges or independent student media publishing outlets.
Best College-produced Community or Niche Website
Websites produced primarily by students (with the help of faculty advisors) and offer latest news updates, breadth of original content presentation and inclusion of multimedia for a community or content niche beyond campus. . These sites can be published by colleges or independent student media publishing outlets but not professional for profit or non-profit entities.
Best Collaborative College-Professional Website
Websites that represent a collaboration between professional staffs and student work involving one or more colleges or university journalism programs. They would not focus on coverage of the college community but would provide coverage to the general public. This category is meant to honor innovation in melding college and professional resources to fill voids coverage of underserved communities or topics. These sites can be published by non-profit or for profit entitities.
Best News Story on a College Website
A news or sports story, which may be a single story or a series of stories focusing on a common subject, generated by hard/breaking news event and published on a college web site. Content must be produced by full time student or students at the time coverage was created.
Best Feature Story on a College Website
A sports, general news, business or feature story, which may be a single story or a series of stories focusing on a common subject, published on a college web site. Content must be produced by full time student or students at the time coverage was created.
Best Video on a College Website
Best news or feature video by a college student published on a college website. Judged on originality, depth, significance of topic told through video. Video must be edited to a maximum length of 30 minutes. Can be produced by an individual or team. Content must be produced by full time student or students at the time coverage was created.
Best Photojournalism on a College Website
Best photograph or photo story published on a college website that tells or accompanies one story It can be a collection of work on a single topic. Photographer must have been a full time student when the work was created and the work must have been published on a website produced by students for a college community or campus.
Best Use of Social Media/Crowd Sourcing by a College Website
The successful creation of online communities that shared ideas, exchanged information and promoted user interaction by utilizing one or more social media channels (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al) that significantly enhanced a news story via information, photos, video, etc.
Best College/University Investigative/Documentary Feature
An example of investigative journalism which may be a single story or a series of stories focusing on a common investigative or documentary subject. Content must be produced by one full-time student reporter or a team of student journalists.

Content Categories

Best investigative/enterprise feature on a website
A piece of journalism generated from one news organization that uncovers information that may or may not be apparent to the public, whose revelations may bear consequences to their lives. Judged on depth and significance of topic.
Best collaborative investigative/enterprise reporting on a website
An investigative report generated by journalists from two or more institutions that through collaboration uncovers information that may or may not be apparent to the public, whose revelations bear consequences to their lives.
Best news or event feature on a website
A best news or event feature, which may be a single story or a series of stories focusing on a common subject, often generated by hard/breaking news.
Best business reporting on a website
This category recognizes exceptional reporting in the area of business represented by a single major event, told through one article or through a series of articles or an investigative/enterprise piece.
Best business/finance blog
Evaluation of overall content in regards to business/Finance - with focus on analysis and insight, as well as wit and wisdom.
Best news/political blog
Evaluation of overall content in regards to news and politics - with focus on analysis and insight as well as wit and wisdom.
Best use of data/infographics on a website
Effective use of design, using visual representations that deliver clarity of information to all viewers. Special attention paid to how well different data elements are incorporated into one cohesive, eye-catching and impactful graphic(s). A link to view infographic online should be submitted, along with a statement, identifying the topic and objective.
Best use of social media/crowd sourcing
The successful creation of online communities that shared ideas, exchanged information and promoted user interaction by utilizing one or more social media channels (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, et al) that significantly enhanced a news story via information, photos, video, etc.
Best innovation project on a website
This category recognizes creative thinkers and their quest to tell a story using innovation and originality. Judges will focus on projects that were successful communicating information, using new ideas and technology – and quality of execution.
Best community service project/reporting on a website
Community Service may be one or a series of articles focused on a common subject or goal, and how it contributed to improvements of the community served.
Best news or event feature video
A Best News or Event Feature Video is a single story or a series of stories focusing on a common subject often generated by hard/breaking news where video plays a significant part in telling the story. Judged on originality, depth, significance of topic told through video. Video must be edited to a maximum length of 30 minutes.
Best investigative/enterprise video
An Investigative/Enterprise Video is a single story or a series of stories focusing on new information that may or may not be apparent to the public, whose revelations may bear consequences to their lives. The reporting is significantly enhanced through the use of video. Judged on originality, depth, significance of topic told through video. (Video edited to 30 minutes)
Best sports video
A Best Sports Video is a single story or a series of stories focusing on a sport related subject/topic where video plays a significant contribution in effectively communicating that story. Judged on originality, depth, significance of topic told through video. Video must be edited to a maximum length of 30 minutes.
Best podcast
Original journalistic storytelling told through a podcast that can be an individual episode or a series of stories as related to a specific subject/topic that educates, inspires and/or entertains. You can use all 4 links, but combined content should not exceed 30 minutes.
Best photojournalism on a website
Best use of photography on a website to tell or accompany one story: or a slide show that is captioned or accompanies a story.
Best editorial/political cartoon
The use of editorial cartoons that promote thoughtful consideration of public events/news or that accompanies editorial material.
Best overall website design
A website whose layout and graphics are appealing and whose composition and typography supports strong content.
Best redesign/relaunch
Comparison of old vs. new and evaluation of improvements across all judging criteria (Note: A URL for old website must be provided and accessible in order to enter this category. The “before” version can be a snapshot of homepage or a series of snapshots of the site prior to the redesign.)
Best promotional/marketing campaign
Online promotional/marketing campaign used to enhance and shape the media company's brand or image to promote and increase readership and overall audience awareness.