The Plain Dealer visuals staff collected 94 awards and received the Best in Show designation in the 36th annual Society for News Design’s Best of News Design Competition, finishing among the most honored publications worldwide.
The Plain Dealer staff finished fourth overall in the number of awards received in the annual contest held for newspapers and magazines worldwide. It was the paper’s best finish ever and the fourth consecutive year that the staff finished in the Top Ten for total awards. Newspapers from 26 countries entered work done in 2014.
The Plain Dealer won four of the nine gold medals awarded in the competition, more than any other paper. It also received seven silver medals and three Judges’ Special Recognition awards, presented for work judged to transcend a category.
Plain Dealer illustrator Andrea Levy was given the Best in Show award for the collected work on her OpinionArt column, meaning judges deemed her body of work the single best among 9,561 entries.
The Plain Dealer’s four gold medals went to:
* Levy, for “Portrait of Michael Brown,” in the illustration/Opinion, black-and-white illustration category.
* Levy and Assistant Managing Editor/Visuals David Kordalski, for “Portrait of Michael Brown,” in the Feature Page Design/Opinion, large circulation category.
* Levy and Kordalski, for “OpinionArt,” in the Miscellaneous category. This was also the work that earned the Best in Show. OpinionArt also received a Judges’ Special Recognition for innovation, and Levy earned another Judges’ Special Recognition for “making us think and feel.”
* Illustrator Chris Morris and lead sports designer Andrea Zagata, for “BrownsTown,” in the Special Coverage, Single Subject/Sports category. See a slideshow of the BrownsTown entry here.
In the Portfolio categories, The Plain Dealer received a silver medal for a staff Combination portfolio of news, sports and feature pages.
Additionally, there were staff Awards of Excellence in both the Sports and Features portfolio categories.
Designer Tony Lariccia, Design and Graphics Editor Josh Crutchmer and Kordalski each also won for individual Combination portfolios.
In the Illustration categories, a silver medal was given to Levy for “A face in the crowd.”
Levy and Morris each received Awards of Excellence for their Illustration portfolios. The Plain Dealer also earned an Award of Excellence for staff art direction.
In Sports categories, The Plain Dealer’s coverage of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics won two silver medals, in the special section category and in Sports single pages. See a slideshow of a portion of the Sochi entry here.
Former Design and Graphics Editor Emmet Smith’s work on the Olympics sections earned The Plain Dealer a Special Recognition award for what judges deemed a bold commitment to visual storytelling.
Plain Dealer Browns coverage received a silver medal in the special coverage single subject Sports category.
“Home,” the front page reporting on the return of LeBron James to the Cavaliers, won a silver medal in the Sports single page category.
In the News categories, Crutchmer earned a silver medal for “I Can’t Breathe” in the Single Page Design/A-Section category.
For a searchable database of all Society for News Design winners, click here.