The global internet giant Google has put its weight behind New Zealand’s premier journalism awards, the Canon Media Awards.
Google New Zealand will sponsor the award for Best Website, one of seven digital awards in this year’s event which will see newspapers, magazines, websites and individual reporters, writers, photographers, artists and cartoonists vie for the 63 awards on offer.
Google’s Head of Communications Annie Baxter said the company wanted to recognise the extraordinary innovation and experimentation in online media in New Zealand.
"At Google we know the appetite for great journalism is stronger than ever. New Zealand's online news sites are ensuring that high-quality content is continuing to play the vital role it does for the web and for New Zealand society, which is why we're so pleased to be supporting this category and these awards."
Canon remains naming rights sponsor as part of a long-term awards partnership. Other new sponsors are Seafood New Zealand, sponsoring environmental photography, and the Science Media Centre, sponsoring a number of science and technology awards. The sponsors’ list also includes magazine publisher Bauer Media; the Cartoon Archive at the Alexander Turnbull Library; the industry training organisation Competenz; Skycity and The Wine Portfolio.
Rick Neville, editorial director of the Newspaper Publishers’ Association which runs the event, said it would not be possible to stage the awards without strong sponsorship and it was heartwarming to see so many organisations wanting to show their support for journalism in this country.
The deadline for entries is this Friday, February 13. They will then be judged by 39 judges in four countries with finalists and winners to be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland on Friday, May 22.
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