The Washington Post’s year-long coverage of the U.S. Presidential election has been awarded the first Gold medal of the 34th Edition of the Society for News Design’s “Best of News Design” competition in Syracuse.
The Post’s entry, in Single-Subject Series, was also awarded a Judges Special Recognition for visual storytelling.
Some of the comments from the judging group: “This entry shows the planning and commitment of their entire news organization. It’s a gigantic piece of work, and so very well executed. They maintained such a consistently high level of excellence across an entire year. This sets the bar for news excellence. There are so many smart details throughout the entire package, and a consistent voice. Every little detail has a purpose. They did all the big things right, and all the little things right as well.”
On the Judges’ Special Recognition, which was for awarded for excellence in visual storytelling, the judging group said: “The content is so complex, but it’s so accessible to the reader. At every turn, you want to read this. It doesn’t feel like work for the reader. It’s polished. It’s the beauty of storytelling. Everything has the right amount of space — nothing feels blown out, nothing feels crammed in. It’s so common for something to be either just beautiful or just informative or just accessible. This is all three.”
The Gold medal capped the first day of the competition, which is being held at Syracuse University for the 24th straight year. The judges worked their way through about 4,500 entries on the first day.