Held in conjunction with the largest newspaper show on the East Coast, the America East Digital Media Contest is designed to give entrants constructive feedback on their newspaper websites and digital platforms and to provide a valuable learning experience.
Each entry is automatically entered into the Best Overall Website Category. Additional entry categories include:
Click here to view the complete listing of contest categories and judging criteria.
Several independent and trained judges evaluate each website entry. Websites will be reviewed by the judges on a specified date in February or March. Judges were specifically selected based on their online website experience and expertise.
Participants must submit their website or digital platform URL for judging. Entrants are also encouraged to provide a screen shot(s) for any page that may not be live during the judging period, as well as specific links that would support their entry for in a category. All entrants will receive a detailed evaluation of their website or digital platform entry at America East. If you are unable to attend America East, scanned copies of your evaluations can be emailed upon request.
Award winners will be announced and honored at America East. First-, second- and third-place awards in each judging category will be honored at the awards ceremony. Judges reserve the right to not award first-, second- or third-place in every category based upon the number of entries.
“These awards remind us how important it is to serve readers wherever they are, whether that's on their doorstep in print, or on their smartphone, tablet or computer. The contest motivates the newsroom to put maximum effort into our digital offerings. The bragging rights don't hurt, either.” – George Spohr, Executive Editor, The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre