Weekend Herald takes Canon award for NZ’s top newspaper

Weekend Herald takes Canon award for NZ’s top newspaperRachel Thomas receiving the junior nib Health Journalism Scholarships. Photo: supplied

The Weekend Herald has been named New Zealand’s Newspaper of the Year in the annual Canon Media Awards conducted by the NZ Newspaper Publishers’ Association.

The NZME-owned masthead was described as “simply New Zealand’s most complete newspaper, unmatched in its exclusive reporting, quality of its writing and analysis, lifestyle content and commentary”. It also took out the awards of Weekly Newspaper of the Year and Best Newspaper Front Page categories.

NZME sister publication The New Zealand Herald won Newspaper of the Year (more than 30 000 circulation) for the third year in a row. The Nelson Mail, owned by Fairfax Media NZ, won Newspaper of the Year (up to 30 000 circulation). It is planning a print restructure later this year.

Fairfax NZ’s core website Stuff.co.nz and its mastheads won 23 of the 80-plus awards.

Fairfax mastheads Kaikoura Star, Stuff, The Dominion Post, The Marlboroug Express and The Press jointly accepted the award for best coverage of a major news event following the Kaikoura earthquake.

The Monday after the natural disaster, Stuff experienced its biggest traffic day ever. Acting managing director Andrew Boyle said the circumstances surrounding the coverage were extraordinary.

“Our journalists on the ground roughed it in tents, and we had to figure out how to get our newspapers into the town without road access,” he said.

“Newspapers were vital for those isolated in Kaikoura and it was a massive team effort from our newsrooms across the country to tell such an important story for New Zealand.”

Stuff staffer Ross Giblin won Best News Video and Videographer of the Year. Photographer of the Year was awarded to Alan Gibson of NZ Herald.

The digital awards of Website of the Year went to the NZ Herald, while Newshub won Best News Website of App.

Along with awards, the Newspaper Publishers’ Association’s also provides scholarships and fellowships to those in the industry who show great potential. This year’s nib Health Journalism Scholarships were awarded to Rachel Thomas, of Stuff, in the junior category and Dylan Cleaver (NZ Herald) and Aaron Leaman (Stuff and Waikato Times) in the senior. The Wolfson Fellowship went to Miriyana Alexander, editor of the Weekend Herald and Herald on Sunday.

The awards celebrate New Zealand’s news media industry, including newspapers, magazines and digital media.

The awards were judged by Campbell Reid, News Corporation Australia’s head of corporate affairs and innovation, The West Australian editor Brett McCarthy and CEO and editor-in-chief of Radio New Zealand, Paul Thompson.

This year the panel received 2174 entries, an increase of 5 per cent from last year’s submissions.

Here is a full list of winners:

Digital
Best Blog Site: Vllainesse
Best News Website or App: Newshub
Website of the Year: NZ Herald

Feature Writing (long-form, +2500 words)
Best Feature Writer – Junior: Don Rowe, 1972 magazine and New Zealand Geographic
Feature Writer – arts and entertainment: David Larsen, Metro
Feature Writer – business and politics: Simon Wilson, Metro
Feature Writer – crime and justice: James Mahoney, Metro
Feature Writer – general: Aaron Smale, RNZ
Feature Writer – health and lifestyle: Kirsty Johnston, NZ Herald
Feature Writer – sport: Dylan Cleaver, NZ Herald
Feature Writer of the Year: Joanna Wane, North & South
Feature Writer of the Year (runner-up): Aaron Smale, Mana magazine, North & South and RNZ

Feature Writing (short-form, up to 2500 words)
Best Feature Writer – Junior: Christopher Reive, Taranaki Daily News
Feature Writer – arts and entertainment: Charlie Gates, The Press
Feature Writer – business and politics: Mava Enoka, The Wireless
Feature Writer – crime and justice: Jared Savage, NZ Herald
Feature Writer – general: Adam Dudding, Sunday Star-Times
Feature Writer – general (runner-up): Madeleine Chapman, The Spinoff
Feature Writer – health and lifestyle: Greg Bruce, NZ Herald
Feature Writer – sport: Jonathan Carson, Sunday Star-Times
Feature Writer of the Year: Nikki Macdonald, The Dominion Post and Sunday Star-Times

General
Best artwork/graphics: Toby Morris, RNZ and The Wireless
Best artwork/graphics (runner-up): Richard Dale, NZ Herald
Best headline: Matthew Dallas, Manawatu Standard
Best headline (runner-up): Ian Allen, Marlborough Express
Best trade/specialist publication and/or website: Jackie Harrigan, NZ Dairy Exporter magazine
Cartoonist of the Year: Sharon Murdoch, Sunday Star-Times, The Dominion Post and The Press
Cartoonist of the Year (runner-up): Toby Morris, RNZ and The Wireless
Reviewer of the Year: Duncan Greive, NZ Herald and The Spinoff

Magazines
Best magazine design: HOME
Best magazine design (runner-up): Mana magazine
Best newspaper-inserted magazine: Your Weekend/The Dominion Post, The Press and Waikato Times
Magazine of the Year: New Zealand Geographic

Newspapers
Best newspaper front page: Weekend Herald
Canon Community Newspaper of the Year: Feilding-Rangitikei Herald
Canon Newspaper of the Year: Weekend Herald
Newspaper of the Year (more than 30,000 circulation): NZ Herald
Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation): Nelson Mail
Weekly Newspaper of the Year: Weekend Herald

Opinion Writing
Opinion Writer – business and politics: Simon Wilson, Public Address, RNZ and The Spinoff
Opinion Writer – general: Lizzie Marvelly, Weekend Herald
Opinion Writer – humour/satire: Steve Braunias, NZ Herald
Opinion Writer – sport: Dylan Cleaver, NZ Herald
Opinion Writer of the Year: Duncan Garner, The Dominion Post

Photography
Best feature photo: Richard Robinson, New Zealand Geographic
Best general photo: Paul Taylor, Hawke’s Bay Today
Best news photo: Blair Pattinson, Otago Daily Times
Best photo (junior): Christel Yardley, Waikato Times
Best photo essay: Mike Scott, NZ Herald
Best portrait photo: Meek Zuiderwyk, Metro
Best sports photo: Chris Cameron, NZ Herald
Photographer of the Year: Alan Gibson, NZ Herald

Reporting
Best coverage of a major news event: “Kaikoura earthquake”, Stuff, Kaikoura Star, The Dominion Post, The Marlborough Express and The Press
Best editorial campaign or project: “#buythisbeachNZ”, Stuff
Best editorial campaign or project (runner-up): “Panama papers” RNZ, TVNZ and Nicky Hager
Best investigation: Matt Nippert, NZ Herald
Best Reporter (Junior): Donna-Lee Biddle, Stuff and Waikato Times
Best (single) news story: Olivia Carville and Mike Scott, NZ Herald
Business Journalist of the Year: Gareth Vaughan, Interest
Business Journalist of the Year (runner-up): Matt Nippert and Caleb Tutty, NZ Herald
Community Journalist of the Year: Paul Taylor, Mountain Scene
Regional Journalist of the Year: Aaron Leaman, Stuff and Waikato Times
Reporter – arts and entertainment: Vicki Anderson, Stuff and The Press
Reporter – crime and justice: Eugene Bingham, Phil Johnson, Toby Longbottom and Paula Penfold (Stuff Circuit team)
Reporter – general: Lane Nichols, Weekend Herald
Reporter – health and lifestyle: Dylan Cleaver, NZ Herald
Reporter – Maori and ethnic affairs: Renee Kahukura Iosefa, Maori Television
Reporter of the Year: Matt Nippert, NZ Herald
Science and Technology Award: Kate Evans, New Zealand Geographic
Sports Journalist of the YearDylan Cleaver, NZ Herald
Sports Journalist of the Year (runner-up)Liam Napier, Sunday Star-Times
Student Journalist of the Year: Miri Schroeter, Manawatu Standard

Videography
Best feature video: Mike Scott, NZ Herald
Best news video: Ross Giblin, Stuff
Best sports video: Brett Phibbs, Mike Scott and Peter Visagie, NZ Herald
Videographer of the Year: Ross Giblin, Stuff
Videographer of the Year (runner-up): Mike Scott, NZ Herald

nib Health Journalism Scholarships
nib Health Journalism Scholarship – Junior: Rachel Thomas, Stuff
nib Health Journalism Scholarship – Senior: Dylan Cleaver, NZ Herald AND Aaron Leaman, Stuff and Waikato Times

Editorial Executive of the Year
Glen Scanlon, head of digital media, RNZ

Wolfson Fellowship
Miriyana Alexander, Editor of the Weekend Herald and Herald on Sunday

NPA Outstanding Achievement Awards
Donna Chisholm, feature writer and editor
Matamata Chronicle, 50 years’ publishing
NZ Cartoon Archive, 25 years’ archiving cartoons
Ross Setford, photographer

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