There’s only one winner, and that’s by design.

We knew the debut of The CCC Awards design category would be difficult. For all the challenges reporters face, those are doubled for designers: Short deadlines, a lack of art, data projects built on underpowered laptops, and collaboration that’s limited to FaceTime and Zoom.

Still, the Society for News Design found a standout from among the entrants…

The Post staff

Covering COVID-19

At Ohio University, executive editor Taylor Johnston designed a landing page and interactive map for both her readers and her staff.

I didn’t want my reporters’ content to get hidden on our website because we were reporting so much,” Johnston told us. “At the time, the health department in our state did not explicitly show on their website the counties, they just listed them. I pinpointed the university on the map so that local readers can understand where cases are being confirmed around them.”

Judges’ comment: What this entry lacks in style, it more than makes up for in information and excellent use of a map and collection of links for other Coronavirus-related coverage.

The centerpiece of this entry is the map – a no-frills map of Ohio counties with consistently updated information of confirmed cases in each county. This site knows how to use the technology, and it provides a perfect platform for this map and the critical information it provides. It’s also nice to see that they’ve used it to be able to quickly scan other related stories that are linked. It’s also mobile-friendly!

Enter the second week of the CCC Design Awards by Friday 11:59:59 p.m….


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