CANON AWARDS

NEWS­PA­PER OF THE YEAR + WEB­SITE OF THE YEAR

Weekend Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

The NZ Herald has swept this year’s Canon Media Awards, win­ning most ma­jor cat­e­gories – in­clud­ing News­pa­per of the Year, Web­site of the Year, best daily news­pa­per and best weekly paper.

The Week­end Herald was crowned over­all News­pa­per of the Year at the glitzy awards din­ner in Auck­land last night, and its ed­i­tor, Miriyana Alexan­der, won the night’s top in­di­vid­ual prize – a 10- week schol­ar­ship to Wolf­son Col­lege at Cam­bridge Univer­sity.

nzher­ald. co. nz beat Fairfax’s Stuff, The Spinoff and in­ter­est. co. nz to claim the top digital award – Web­site of the Year.

The NZ Herald won best daily news­pa­per ( over 30,000 cir­cu­la­tion) over its main com­peti­tors, the Do­min­ion Post, the Press and the Otago Daily Times.

The Herald also scooped many of the other ma­jor in­di­vid­ual awards, with Matt Nip­pert named Re­porter of the Year for the sec­ond year run­ning and Alan Gib­son the Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year.

The Week­end Herald was named best weekly news­pa­per over its NZME sta­ble­mate, the Bay of Plenty Times Week­end, and Fairfax’s Sun­day StarTimes, Waikato Times and the Press.

The Week­end Herald also won the prize for best front page.

News­pa­per of the Year judges Camp­bell Reid, Paul Thomp­son and Brett McCarthy said the Week­end Herald was un­matched in its “exclusive re­port­ing, depth and qual­ity of its writ­ing and anal­y­sis, life­style con­tent and com­men­tary”.

“It is a se­ri­ous news­pa­per in the best sense of the word: de­liv­er­ing read­ers with sub­stan­tial jour­nal­ism within an ac­ces­si­ble and ap­peal­ing week­end paper. The Week­end Herald has the sense of self- as­sur­ance that al­lows it to choose the sto­ries that will set the na­tional de­bate and it de­liv­ers those sto­ries with rigour and author­ity.

“Its cov­er­age of the world of rugby, from the provoca­tive ‘ Send in the Clowns’ to the sober­ing tales of the toll the game had taken on older play­ers, com­bined a great deal of cheek on one hand and sense of pub­lic duty on the other.”

nzher­ald. co. nz was praised for its digital sto­ry­telling.

“This year the Herald seems to have bro­ken through to moder­nity, im­pact and scale in its in­ter­net op­er­a­tions with el­e­gant re­designs, great use of its multimedia net­work and world- class ap­pli­ca­tions and sites,” said judges Peter Bale and Joseph Bar­ratt.

“Some of the story- telling is as­tound­ing such as the beau­ti­ful re­port­ing on hair har­vest­ing in China. It seems to take se­ri­ously its mis­sion to serve the whole of New Zealand and is mak­ing the most of non- news­pa­per media now at its dis­posal.”

Dy­lan Cleaver was named sports jour­nal­ist of the year, and took out four other in­di­vid­ual awards in­clud­ing the nib se­nior health jour­nal­ism schol­ar­ship, sport opinion writer of the year, best sport fea­ture writer and best re­porter, health and life­style. His win­ning port­fo­lio heav­ily fea­tured his in­ves­ti­ga­tion and rev­e­la­tions that for­mer top rugby play­ers are now suf­fer­ing de­men­tia, as a re­sult of suf­fer­ing knocks dur­ing their play­ing days.

Matt Nip­pert’s work on big cor­po­rates not pay­ing sig­nif­i­cant tax in New Zealand was named in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the year while Olivia Carville and Mike Scott’s ex­pose on Chi­nese girls’ hair be­ing used in New Zealand beauty sa­lons was awarded sin­gle best story of the year.

Scott won three other in­di­vid­ual prizes, in­clud­ing best photo es­say, best fea­ture video and – along with Brett Phibbs and Peter Vis­agie – best sports video.

“This is an out­stand­ing, un­prece­dented achieve­ment from across the NZ Herald and NZME busi­ness,” said man­ag­ing ed­i­tor Shayne Cur­rie.

“In a pe­riod of huge up­heaval in the in­dus­try, our jour­nal­ists have shone – de­liv­er­ing sto­ries that mat­ter. That’s re­flected in these big wins and in ex­tremely strong read­er­ship and au­di­ence growth for nzher­ald. co. nz and, in­deed, our news­pa­pers. I am in­cred­i­bly proud of the en­tire team.”

Week­end Herald ed­i­tor Miriyana Alexan­der was thrilled to see the news­pa­per recog­nised. “We’ve put a lot of time, ef­fort and love into it, and it’s won­der­ful to see the news­room’s first­class jour­nal­ism recog­nised with this win.”

Dun­can Grieve was named best re­viewer for a body of work that ap­peared on the site he es­tab­lished, The Spinoff, and for the NZ Herald.

There were 17 in­di­vid­ual win­ners from the NZ Herald and NZME sta­ble – in­clud­ing writ­ers and re­porters Kirsty John­ston, Jared Sav­age, Lane Ni­chols and Greg Bruce; colum­nists Lizzie Marvelly and Steve Brau­nias; and pho­tog­ra­phers Paul Tay­lor ( Hawke’s Bay Today) and Chris Cameron ( free­lance).

Pic­ture / Nick Reed

Ju­bi­lant NZME man­ag­ing ed­i­tor Shayne Cur­rie, Week­end Herald ed­i­tor Miriyana Alexan­der and Herald ed­i­tor Mur­ray Kirk­ness.

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