Epoch Times staff reporters, photographers, and designers won 16 awards at the annual New York Press Association Conference held on April 4 and 5 (2014).
Six of the awards were for the first place, including top honors for overall excellence in photography, design, and advertising.
Epoch Times reporters Joshua Philipp and Zachary Stieber won second-place awards for best feature series and in-depth reporting respectively.
Philipp followed the trial and conviction of former city comptroller John Liu’saides and Liu’s connection to the Chinese Communist Party. Stieber examined New York City’s subway system and compared it to those in major cities around the world.
“The awards are, of course, great as recognition from our peers in the industry, and as encouragement for everyone at Epoch Times. I would just point out that the awards are a natural outgrowth of a lot of sustained hard work during the past year,” said John Nania, Epoch Times editor-in-chief.
Nania continued: “We aren’t focused on winning awards per se, but we are focused on bringing a better and better product to our readers, and there is no thought of anyone resting on their laurels now. We will continue to push to bring our readers something better with every article, every photo, and every piece of design, every day.”
The New York Press Association represents more than 900 newspapers across the state.
The full list of awards, including links to winning entries:
Past Presidents’ Award for General Excellence
Overall Design Excellence (Richard L. Stein Award)
Judges said: “Stands out above the rest in design, printing, use of photography, creative typography, and overall design.”
Advertising Excellence (John J. Evans Award)
First Place (Tie)
Judges said: “We’ve never had a tie before—but we’re thrilled! The more winners, the better.”
“We’re very excited for our first-timer, The Epoch Times, and we’re very happy for our perennial winner, The Record-Review, which has won this award seven times—tying the record set by its sister paper, The Scarsdale Inquirer.”
Best Ad Campaign: First Place
Jens Almroth — Sushi Zen campaign:
Judges said: “Beautiful unique pictures. Great use of white space.”
Best Color Ad: First Place
Judges said: “Comprehensive feature—clean layout, great pastels, use of panels to separate messaging, simple yet representative icons, easy to read font selection, beautiful!”
Best House Ad: First Place
Judges said: “Love it!”
Best House Ad: Second Place
Judges said: “Clean, eye-catching!”
Best Small Ad: Second Place
Rob Counts — Dr. Roland
Judges said: “Very creative ad! Fantastic use of art and white space, and gets the message across instantly.”
Graphic Illustration: Honorable Mention
Seth Holehouse — Health Care Fumble
Judges said: “Some of the best visual elements are the simple ones. There are few major bells or whistles with this page-shaping image, but it ties together very well the concept of Obama’s health care planning and how the ‘play’ fell apart somewhere along the way.”
Best Special Section Cover: Honorable Mention
Judges said: “Very strong and classic special sections cover complimenting antique sibjet matter. Good color, excellent typography and striking layout.”
Overall Photographic Excellence: First Place
Judges said: “These issues represent first-rate design and graphics combined with photos that complement the effort. The Epoch Times sets a high standard for clean and informative presentation at a glance.
Special Sections / Niche Publications: Third Place
Judges said: “Extraordinary photography and design carries this complete, complex look at a year like no other.”
Spot News Photo: Honorable Mention
Samira Bouaou — Photo of Jenny Hou & lawyer, John Liu’s campaign treasurer
Judges said: “Good general news image witnessed by the photographer as the subjects are fully engaged in an environment that blends well with the right moment. Presentation on the pages is beautifully done as well.”
Best News or Feature Series: Second Place
Joshua Philipp — John Liu’s relationship to Chinese regime
- FBI Evidence Links John Liu to Chinese Front Groups; Inside Page
- John Liu Shuns Former Aide at Fujianese Meeting
- Exposing the Chinese Regime’s Influence in NYC
- In Backing Disgraced Treasurer, John Liu Sticks Close to Beijing
Judges said: “The staff not only looks into the allegations surrounding comptroller John Liu, bit it also exposes his links within Queens to nonprofits and those connections to Beijing. Exceptional reporting.”
In-Depth Reporting: Second Place
Zachary Stieber — Fare Game
Judges said: “Well written and well presented. The series raises important questions about a service that affects millions of people. Who else would help the reader with such knowledge? Nice job.”
Editorial Coverage of Election / Politics: Third Place
Kristen Meriwether — City Hall coverage
- How the Stars Aligned for Bill de Blasio
- Taking a Gamble Against Quinn; Inside Page
- Looking to Write the Code for Politicians; Inside Page
- Bloomberg’s Quest for a Healthy City; Inside Page
Judges said: “Great depth of coverage and great use of pulling reader into the newspaper.”
(source: The Epoch Times)