2017 Results

The Society for News Design is proud to announce the results of the 2017 Edition of its Best of Digital Design Competition. 13 judges, from across the United States and around the globe, reviewed more than 1,000 entries during 2 days of judging at Northwestern University’s Medill campus in Washington, D.C.

This is the sixth year of the competition, which uniquely honors journalistic, visual and technical excellence. Winners will be celebrated at The Society’s annual Workshop in New York, March 22-24. A list of finalists for the World’s Best award will be announced later this week. Nearly 60 publications received an award, including:

  • 3 Gold Medals
  • 42 Silver Medals
  • 440 Awards of Excellence

Awards are listed here by category:

Judges’ comments on the 2017 medal winners will be released over the next few weeks.


Breaking/Daily News: Single-subject project

The New York Times: Thousands Cried for Help as Houston Flooded
The New York Times: Thousands Cried for Help as Houston Flooded
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Breaking/Daily News: Planned coverage

"NFL Rank," by ESPN.
ESPN: NFL Rank
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Breaking/Daily News: Non-planned coverage

The New York Times: #MeToo
The New York Times: #MeToo
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Features: Single-subject project

O Globo: Touching Gloves
O Globo: Touching Gloves
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Features: Coverage

Boston Globe: Boston. Racism. Image. Reality. The Spotlight Team takes on our hardest question
Boston Globe: Boston. Racism. Image. Reality. The Spotlight Team takes on our hardest question
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Graphics: Breaking news

The New York Times: Maps: Tracking Harvey’s Destructive Path Through Texas and Louisiana
The New York Times: Maps: Tracking Harvey’s Destructive Path Through Texas and Louisiana
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Graphics: Features and planned coverage

The Washington Post: Analysis | Here’s every total solar eclipse happening in your lifetime. Is this year your best chance?
The Washington Post: Analysis | Here’s every total solar eclipse happening in your lifetime. Is this year your best chance?
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Graphics: Motion graphics

National Geographic: The Science of Hummingbirds
National Geographic: The Science of Hummingbirds
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Graphics: Social media graphics

The Washington Post: GAME OF THRONES
The Washington Post: GAME OF THRONES
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Special event: Natural Disaster Coverage

The Washington Post: Washington Post Hurricane coverage
The Washington Post: Washington Post Hurricane coverage
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Portfolio: News Sites and Redesigns

Award of Excellence

Portfolio: Individual

ESPN: Heather Donahue: Individual Portfolio
ESPN: Heather Donahue: Individual Portfolio
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Portfolio: Organization

Reuters: Reuters information graphics portfolio
Reuters: Reuters information graphics portfolio
Gold Medal
Silver Medal
Award of Excellence

Product Design

Award of Excellence

Experimental Design

Award of Excellence