SND34 Best of Digital Design: The Washington Post wins the competition’s first gold medal

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Judges have awarded the first gold medal in this year’s competition to the Washington Post for its entry, “Homicides in the District” in the data project (features), over 50,000,000 page views/month category.

Here’s what the judges had to say:

“This story showed a great depth of original reporting. The quadratic analysis that broke it down into equal squares is the perfect way to approach data that involves continuous space.”

“The use of proper GIS technique separates it from other crime sites, making it the best tool of its kind.”

“The straightforward language was neutral and easy for people to digest. It was really well organized.”

“It is perfect in terms of having a strong hierarchy and guiding you through the story and showing you what’s important.”

(Kyle Ellis is a designer for CNN Digital in Atlanta and digital director for the Society for News Design.)