THE QUINT’S DAY OUT
While The Quint swept the Digipub Awards yet again, Times Internet, Mathrubhumi and VICE India impressed as well.
The second edition of Digipub Awards was held on September 20-21 at the Crowne Plaza, Gurugram. Organised by afaqs!, Digipub Awards is a part of Digipub World which is the first and only business event focused exclusively on web publishing that has it all - from conference and exhibition to awards.
The event was partnered by Platinum partner TIMESNOWNEWS.com, Silver partners - Akamai Technologies and Facebook and Bronze partners - Freshworks, Vidooly, comScore, Quintype, Times Internet and 24 Frames Digital.
There was, roughly, a 50 per cent growth in entries compared to last year, in part because of the increase in the number of categories. “However,” said Sreekant Khandekar, co-founder of afaqs! and curator of Digipub World, in his opening remarks, “the fact is that when you look at the size of the business, the number of entries have a long way to go. The reason for that is that there isn’t a tradition of web publishing awards. But we know that this will become more and more accepted.”
The second edition of the awards which saw participation from a many major publishing groups, was once again dominated by The Quint with six Gold, five Silver and Website of the Year (General News and Features) award in English. The parent company BloombergQuint went on to win Website of the Year (Business) award in English.
In all, 17 Gold, 15 Silver and six Website of the Year awards were given away in this year’s Digipub Awards.
All of The Quint’s five Gold and four Silver awards came here. The first Gold was for Best Article/Video Feature (Shooting Stars Bollywood’s Paparazzi Culture). The second award was won for Best Article/ Video Series category (I have a question?). The third was for Best Interactive Story (Finding Freedom). The fourth award was for Best Native Advertising (Madhya Pradesh Tourism) and the last Gold award was for Best Site Design (Quint website redesign).
The Quint went on to grab its first Silver award for Best Article/ Video Feature (Rape is Consensual Inside Haryana’s Rape Culture). The next two Silver awards came for Best Article/Video Series (Help Chhutki) and (Let’s Talk Sex). The last silver was won for Best Innovation in Publishing (Talking Stalking).
VICE India, only recently launched in the country, won two Gold awards. The first award was for Best Brand Partnership (Kangchenjunga Calling: A Film at 8500+ Metres Above Sea Level). The second award was for Best Use of Video (VICE India - The Voice of a Generation).
Worldwide Media won a Gold for Best Use of Social Media (Second Edition of Filmfare Short Films Awards). Insight Media (G Plus) won a Gold for Best Columnist (Guwahati Adda). Sportskeeda won a Gold for Best Use of Social Media (Philips Male Grooming Brand Ambassador Reveal – Sportskeeda).
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness won a Gold for Best Innovation in Publishing (Ministry of Utmost Happiness). This is a website to promote Arundhati Roy’s book by the same name.
Times Internet went on to win three Silver awards. The first award was for Best Article/Video
Series (MensXP Toughest Men in India). The next award was for Best Interactive Story (TOI - Are You Smarter Than Jaitley?) and the last award was for Best Use of Video category (iDiva South Delhi Girls).
WittyFeed won a Silver award for Best Brand Partnership (InnerVoice - Best Brand Partnership - Reebok Case Study). Jagran New Media won a Silver for Best Native Advertising (JagranJosh.com). Transition Insight won a Silver for Best Podcast (Play to Potential Podcast).
TIMESNOWNEWS.com went on to win Website of the Year (Best Emerging Website) award while BloombergQuint won the Website of the Year (Business) award and The Quint grabbed the Website of the Year (General News and Features) award.
WittyFeed went on to win a Gold for Best Brand Partnership (WittyFeed - Best Brand Partnership - Padman Case Study). The second award was for Best Use of Social Media (WittyFeed - Best Use of Social Media - SRM IST Case Study).
Asianet News Online won a Gold for Best Article/Video Feature (Asianet News Malayalam - Heithi Sadiya). Chitralekha won an award for Best Article/Video Series (Gujarat Assembly Elections December 2017). Roar Media won a Gold under Best Site Design and a Silver award for Best Article/Video Feature (History of The Condom). TV Today Network won a Gold in the Best Use of Video category (So Sorry).
Mathrubhumi.com won the Website of the Year (General News and Features) award, Website of the Year (Lifestyle and Infotainment) award and two Silver awards. The first Silver was for Best Article/ Video Feature (Daring Life of a Fisherwoman – Rekha). The second Silver was for Best Use of Social Media (Mathrubhumi: Re-imagine the Future). I am Gujarat won the Website of the Year (Best Emerging Website) award. Navbharat Times won a Silver for Best Article/Video Series (NBT Suno Zindagi) and The Lallantop won a Silver for Best Article/Video Series (The Lallantop Political Kisse).
A special award - for the Most Innovative News App - was given to India TV.
All the winners pose for a group photograph