The International News Media Association (INMA) has announced first-place winners in the 2020 Global Media Awards competition, with the grand prize presented to the collective work of news media companies in their inspirational response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Because the COVID-19 crisis caused the cancellation of INMA’s World Congress of News Media in Paris, today’s announcement was broadcast globally on multiple channels. Jamaican TV host Terri-Karelle Reid hosted the awards announcement, with commentary from Chrissy Towle of the Google News Initiative and Earl Wilkinson of INMA.
The INMA Global Media Awards competition rewards innovation and excellence in growing audience, brand, and revenue.
From the competition’s 922 entries from 262 news brands in 44 countries, Global Media Awards were announced for news media companies from five continents – with the most emotional moments coming from the responses to the coronavirus and its economic impacts. From 185 finalists, 32 were selected first-place recipients.
Due to the “trust, innovation, and agility” demonstrated by the news media industry in the unprecedented response to COVID-19, INMA chose to honour the collective outreach of media companies than any one company or campaign. While the competition deadline was late January, INMA re-opened the competition with a bonus pandemic response category in April.
Ten regional “Best of Show” winners, selected by judges from first-place recipients, saw New Zealand publishers dominate the Asia/Pacific region:
Best in Asia/Pacific, Regional/Local Brands: The Press/Stuff, New Zealand, for “Christchurch Mosque Shooting Coverage”
Best in Asia/Pacific, Global/National Brands: NZME, New Zealand, for “The People Programme”
The following awards were won by publishers in Australia:
Best New Technology or Digital Product
First Place: Nine, Australia, “Efficiency in Complex Newsrooms”
Best New Digital Subscription Initiative or Concept
Group 1 Third Place: News Corp, Australia, “Digital Subscription Gold in the Aussie Outback”
Best Idea to Acquire or Retain Advertising Clients
Second Place: News Corp, Australia, “Come Together 2019”
Best Execution of Native Advertising
Second Place: News Corp, Australia, “Biz Cover”
Third Place: Australian Community Media, Australia, “Coopers Couch Series”
Second Place: News Corp, Australia, “Stopping Australia’s Worst Serial Killer”
Top Photo: INMA Awards host Terri-Karelle Reid