The 2018 News Media Awards saw 36 prizes awarded across seven broad categories, recognising contributions to the news media industry ranging from photography prowess to the execution of effective advertising campaigns.
In the News Brands category, the Brand of the Year was awarded to The Weekend Australian, and Community, Regional and Weekend news brands of the year went to The Gympie Times, NT News and The Weekend Australian respectively.
The Weekend Australian Editor Michelle Gunn accepts the News Brand of the Year award with the masthead’s CEO Nicolas Gray (left).
Daily News Brand of the Year was awarded to The New Zealand Herald, a reminder the NewsMediaWorks represents publishers from across the region, not just in Australia.
News Story of the Year went to The Age’s exposé on Chinese Communist Party influence campaigns in Australia.
A screengrab from the exposé by The Age
Advertising and marketing were also in focus at the awards, with categories including Best Execution of Print Advertising for a Client (won by The North Shore Times, The Examiner and The NZ Herald) and Best Innovation for an Advertising Campaign (won by The Australian).
The awards also recognised the technical side of news media production, with Townsville Print Centre crowned Centre of the Year, and Apple Daily Hong Kong winning the Best Run of Press title.
The people behind the news brands also received recognition, with Fred Wesley of The Fiji Times named News Media Executive of the Year. The judges noted his leadership in championing press freedom in the face of government crackdown and pressure.
As always, the photography prizes were a highlight of the awards, with spectacular news media photography from around the region on show. Kate Geraghty’s multi-award winning photo series “Battle for Mosul” won the prize for Photographic Essay. The series, published in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, captured the destruction and emotional impact of the war on the city and its people.
An image from Kate Geraghty’s award-winning photo series
The awards were a chance to reflect on an innovative and adaptive industry that has attracted some of the best and brightest minds in our region. NewsMediaWorks looks forward to congratulating winners at the future News Media Award events for 2019 and onwards.