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Huge interest in Canon Media Awards

Huge interest in Canon Media Awards

Described as “a celebration of the best of New Zealand journalism” the 2016 Canon Media Awards have drawn a massive total of 1600 entries.

The national awards, staged by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, recognise a wide range of journalistic achievements in areas ranging from news reporting, feature and opinion writing to photography and video published in newspapers, magazines and on digital platforms.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at Te Papa national museum in Wellington on Friday, May 20. Tickets can be purchased for $160 (including gst) through canonmediaawards@npa.co.nz.

Entries flowed into 69 categories with the highest numbers received for photography, reporting, feature and opinion writing, and community newspapers.

Reflecting the changing media landscape, categories for digital journalism were expanded this year to include blogs, news, sports and entertainment websites, apps and video. The premier digital accolade will be awarded to the best website overall. Other new awards are Scoop of the Year and Editorial Leader of the Year. Significant longstanding awards recognise best newspapers and magazines.

The entries, encompassing more than 7000 individual pieces of work, are now being assessed by 45 judges in five countries. Finalists will be announced next month.

The national journalism awards, with Canon NZ as principal sponsor since 2010, are now in their 42nd year. The awards’ other sponsors are Bauer Media, Google, nib health funds, Seafood NZ, Norske Skog, ASB, EY, the NZ Cartoon Archive, Science Media Centre, Massey University Journalism School and Competenz.

For more on the awards, visit www.canonmediaawards.co.nz.

For further information contact rick.neville@npa.co.nz, 021 279 6447

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