The Bay Area News Group's Cost of Dying project, which examined the financial and emotional cost of end-of-life care, and its SiliconBeat.com technology blog, were named winners in the annual Editor & Publisher EPPY Award contest, which honors excellence in digital journalism produced by media companies from around the globe.
The award for the Cost of Dying project is the second honor this week for the work of reporter Lisa Krieger, who was named Journalist of the Year the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California Chapter, for her "dedication to helping the public understand critical decisions about end-of-life care."
Cost of Dying was the winner in the EPPY Awards Best Community Service on a media-affiliated website with 1 million or more unique monthly visitors category. Other finalists included work from the Boston Globe and Financial Times newspapers.
SiliconBeat.com, which provides news and analysis from the heart of Silicon Valley, won in the Best Business Blog with fewer than 1 million unique monthly visitors category. Other finalists included work from Crain's Chicago Business and the Denver Post.
"These awards highlight two of the Bay Area News Group's strengths -- strong local enterprise that gives our readers news and information they can act on, and coverage of the companies and people whose work in Silicon Valley is changing lives around the globe,'' said David J. Butler, editor of the Bay Area News Group. "We're proud to see our digital efforts recognized in a competition that draws some of the world's biggest and best media companies.''
The work of Bay Area News Group journalists was nominated as a finalist in seven EPPY Award categories. The other finalists were MercuryNews.com and SiliconValley.com for best website; sports columnist Tim Kawakami's Talking Points blog; BANG's Viewfinder photo blog; and 'Gayla's Goodbye,' one of several videos that were part of the Cost of Dying project.
The EPPY competition, which is in its 18th year, has 30 categories and attracts entries from the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. The Bay Area News Group is part of Digital First Media, which overall received 23 finalist nominations in the contest.