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Soul of Athens wins major NPPA award
Contest's photo editing judging under way on Athens campus  

Apr 3, 2008  
By Erin Roberts  

The School of Visual Communication's Soul of Athens Web site has won Best Use of the Web in the National Press Photographers Association 2008 Best of Photojournalism Web sites division.

The Best of the Web award is the top award in the Web sites division. According to the Best of Photojournalism Web site, the winner of the Best Use of the Web award is chosen from the winners in each of the other categories. The honor goes to the site that represents the overall best Web-based visual journalism.

Soul of Athens was produced under the direction of Visiting Professional Zach Wise, BSVC '01, in consultation with Brian Storm of MediaStorm. The project's multimedia was in part provided by the school's annual Dawn to Dusk photographic event, underwritten by The Athens News. Soul of Athens was launched in May 2007 and has averaged 400 unique hits a day.

While the site has garnered attention internationally, School of Visual Communication Director Terry Eiler said this award represents the cream of the crop.

"In all the award competitions we've entered (Soul of Athens), we've gained recognition," he said. "But this is recognition from fellow multimedia journalists. To win the highest honor -- Best Use of the Web -- in this division over the likes of such successful organizations as The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times is just phenomenal."

Soul of Athens was a finalist after winning the contest's Best Multimedia Package (Independent) award. Other category winners and Best Use of the Web finalists included The Oakland Tribune, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Washington Post, The Roanoke Times, The Anchorage Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, The Raleigh News and Observer, MediaStorm, The Denver Post, The Detroit Free Press and MSNBC.

"This award really represents not only the broad range of programs in our school -- interactive media design, informational graphics and page design, commercial photography and photojournalism -- but the quality of work being done in the way of interactive media in the college," Eiler said. "We could not have done this without the online journalism students from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the video production students from the School of Media Arts and Studies and our own students in each of our sequences."

Among the judges' comments about the site: "In addition to compelling videos, Soul of Athens used interactive graphics and user interactivity (using a Flickr group) to create the strongest multimedia Web site in this category. Every aspect was very well done."

Soul of Athens recently won second place in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition for best small market multimedia, a 2007 Technology Information Gurus of the Appalachia Region (TIGAR) Award for best non-commercial Web site from the Information Technology Alliance of Appalachian Ohio and an Award of Excellence in online multimedia journalism in the 2007 Society for News Design SND.ies awards competition.


To speak with a media representative regarding this story, please contact Scripps College of Communication External Relations Coordinator Erin Roberts at 740-593-0030 or roberte1@ohio.edu.

Related Links
Soul of Athens wins Pictures of the Year International award:  http://www.scrippscollege.ohio.edu/articleDetail.aspx?id=764 
Multimedia Web site embodies 'Soul of Athens':  http://www.scrippscollege.ohio.edu/articleDetail.aspx?id=706  
2007 BOP Photo Editing video:  http://www.viscom.ohiou.edu/galleries_19.phtml  

Published: Apr 3, 2008 11:05 AM  

Soul of Athens screenshot
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Picture editing judging taking place on Athens campus 

The Best of Photojournalism contest, now in its seventh year, includes categories for still photography, Web sites, news video (television) and photo editing. While judging for the first three divisions has been completed at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., judging for the Photo Editing division is now under way at Ohio University.

Entries will be displayed in the Multicultural Center, 203 Baker University Center, through Saturday. The public is welcome to stop by during the judging, which begins at 9 a.m. and runs into the evening.

Four award-winning picture editors from across the country will judge this year's entries. Sonya Doctorian, editor of Rocky Mountain News; Santiago Lyon, director of photography for The Associated Press; Jennifer Poggi, deputy director of photography for U.S. News & World Report; and Sherman Williams, assistant managing editor/visual journalism for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"This photo editing contest attracts some of the best work in the industry," said Stan Alost, assistant director of the School of Visual Communication and coordinator of the division judging at Ohio University. "This year, we received 1,261 entries in 25 categories. The judges' decisions will help set the standards of excellence. Hosting the judging here also gives our students a ringside seat."

For more information on this year's competition and a list of judges for other divisions, visit http://bop.nppa.org/2008/.



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