THE QUINT’S DAY OUT

While The Quint swept the Digipub Awards yet again, Times In­ter­net, Mathrub­humi and VICE In­dia im­pressed as well.

The Brand Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - By Su­raj Ram­nath ■ su­raj.ram­nath@afaqs.com

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.

ENGLISH

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.

IN­DIAN LAN­GUAGES

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

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