Week­end Her­ald crowned News­pa­per of the Year, nzher­ald.co.nz wins Best News Web­site

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The Week­end Her­ald was crowned over­all News­pa­per of the Year and nzher­ald.co.nz named best news web­site, as NZME and Her­ald jour­nal­ists swept many of the ma­jor prizes at this year’s Voy­ager Me­dia Awards.

It is the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year that the Week­end Her­ald has won the News­pa­per of the Year ti­tle - and now the ninth time in 11 years that one of the three ma­jor Her­ald mast­heads (NZ Her­ald, Week­end Her­ald and Her­ald on Sun­day) has won the top prize.

In­ves­tiga­tive reporter Matt Nip­pert was named busi­ness jour­nal­ist of the year and won the night’s supreme in­di­vid­ual prize - a 10-week schol­ar­ship to Wolf­son Col­lege at Cam­bridge Univer­sity - in recog­ni­tion of his win last night and for win­ning the Reporter of the Year ti­tle for two con­sec­u­tive years (2016, 2017).

As well as News­pa­per of the Year, the Week­end Her­ald was named best weekly news­pa­per.

“The Week­end Her­ald stands out on sev­eral lev­els,” said the panel of over­seas judges. “Its ex­cel­lence in edit­ing and de­sign al­lows its top-notch jour­nal­ism to shine through. It is in­for­ma­tive and en­ter­tain­ing, hard-hit­ting and com­pelling. There is a must-read qual­ity about the Week­end Her­ald which makes it the stand­out in this year’s awards. Well done to all the staff on the mast­head. These are such im­por­tant and chal­leng­ing times for jour­nal­ism. You are more than fill­ing your brief.”

nzher­ald.co.nz was named best news web­site and its Break the Si­lence youth sui­cide cam­paign was awarded best ed­i­to­rial cam­paign.

“A bril­liantly-ex­e­cuted cam­paign re­veal­ing hor­ri­fy­ing sta­tis­tics and sto­ries be­hind our ab­nor­mally high teen sui­cide rate, was the stand­out en­try in this cat­e­gory,” said the judges.

“Quiet hope that change might come emerged. The New Zealand Her­ald is to be ap­plauded for its brav­ery in chal­leng­ing what has been up till now hushed-up fail­ure or ac­cep­tance of the sta­tus quo.”

Her­ald jour­nal­ists, and their work, swept many of the main cat­e­gories.

As well as Nip­pert win­ning busi­ness jour­nal­ist of the year, Au­drey Young was named po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ist of the year, Dana Jo­hannsen the sports jour­nal­ist of the year, Car­men Hall the re­gional jour­nal­ist of the year, Steve Brau­nias the opin­ion writer of the year, and Mike Scott and Alexan­der Robert­son (Lo­cal Fo­cus) the videog­ra­phers of the year.

Her­ald edi­tor Mur­ray Kirk­ness was named ed­i­to­rial ex­ec­u­tive of the year.

Best in­ves­ti­ga­tion was won by Olivia Carville for What Be­comes of the Bro­ken Hearted, part of the Break the Si­lence cam­paign. Judges called her work “com­pre­hen­sive and out­stand­ing”.

Best team video-fea­ture was won by the Her­ald’s Un­der the Bridge doc­u­men­tary, fo­cus­ing on the stu­dents and prin­ci­pal of Pa­pakura High School.

The Her­ald’s sis­ter pa­per Hawke’s Bay To­day won best front-page.

The NZ Her­ald was a fi­nal­ist for best daily news­pa­per (over 30,000 cir­cu­la­tion), a cat­e­gory won by The Press and the Bay of Plenty Times and Ro­torua Daily Post were fi­nal­ists for best daily news­pa­per (un­der 30,000 cir­cu­la­tion), a cat­e­gory won by Waikato Times.

Week­end Her­ald edi­tor Miriyana Alexan­der - who is mov­ing to a new role as pre­mium con­tent edi­tor across seven days for NZME - was thrilled the Week­end Her­ald had won back-to-back News­pa­per of the Year ti­tles. It was, she said, “de­served recog­ni­tion of the Her­ald’s stel­lar news­room, and the pre­mium jour­nal­ism our tal­ented team con­sis­tently de­liv­ers”.

Other Her­ald and NZME cat­e­gory win­ners were Greg Bruce (two fea­ture writ­ing cat­e­gories), Jared Sav­age (re­port­ing), Kirsty John­ston (fea­ture writ­ing) and John Borren (pho­tog­ra­phy). Her­ald se­nior writer Si­mon Wil­son won a fea­ture-writ­ing cat­e­gory for work while he was at The Spinoff.

As well as win­ning best news site, nzher­ald.co.nz was run­ner-up for web­site of the year, jointly shared by Stuff and News­room.

“There is a must-read qual­ity about the Week­end Her­ald which makes it the stand­out in this year’s awards. Well done to all the staff on the mast­head. These are such im­por­tant and chal­leng­ing times for jour­nal­ism. You are more than fill­ing your brief ”. – Judges

Matt Nip­pert Busi­ness Jour­nal­ist of the Year

Au­drey Young Po­lit­i­cal Jour­nal­ist of the Year

Olivia Carville Best In­ves­ti­ga­tion “What Be­comes of the Bro­ken Hearted”

Steve Brau­nias Opin­ion Writer of the Year

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