About Soul of Athens


    2008 EDITION

    National Press Photographers Association:

  • 3rd: "News or Feature Multimedia Package," Independent Division

    Pictures of the Year International:

  • "Award of Excellence" for "Online Publications Best Use," Editing Division
    2007 EDITION

    National Press Photographers Association:

  • 1st: "Best Use of the Web"
  • 1st: “Best Multimedia Package,” Independent Division
  • 2nd: “Documentary Video,” Independent Division
  • 2nd: “Feature Video,” Independent Division

    Other competitions:

  • 2nd: “Best Small Market Multimedia” from Pictures of the Year International
  • “Best non-commercial Web site” from the Information
  • Technology Alliance of Appalachian Ohio
  • “Award of Excellence in Online Multimedia Journalism” from the Society for News Design

Latest edition gets back to basics: defining our community

Within the rolling expanse of Southeast Ohio, the county of Athens boasts breathtaking landscapes and a diverse range of characters. From sustainable farmland to environmental degradation, rich cultural centers to impoverished rural villages, and folk to funk, Soul of Athens illuminates the distinct features that compose Athens’ soul.

Soul of Athens is an innovative online publication that studies the contrasts of this Appalachian county through a collection of timeless stories and multimedia presentations. The project gives voice to a diverse group of individuals intertwined by a common sense of place through stories that resonate universally. Produced by students at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the award-winning Soul of Athens has been placed in the same competitive arena as National Geographic, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

While the 2008 edition set a mission to illustrate the pursuit of wellness in Athens County, this third edition of Soul of Athens goes back to the roots of its first launch in 2007 by asking the question: What is the soul of Athens?

Visit the 2007 and 2008 Web sites.