Media heavyweights to judge awards

Media heavyweights to judge awards

A significant group of present and former editors, news leaders and eminent writers and photographers dominate the list of judges for this year’s Canon Media Awards. 

Some 39 judges from four countries will judge this year’s awards, dedicated to media freedom and to journalists who have been killed while doing their job. This is the 41st year of national journalism awards and the 175th anniversary of the printing of the first newspaper in New Zealand. 

Judging the prestigious newspaper of the year awards will again be two of Australia’s foremost editors, Campbell Reid and Garry Linnell. Reid, a New Zealander, is News Corp Australia’s head of news while Linnell, now a prominent Sydney talkback radio host, was previously Fairfax’s news chief. 

The Australian national news agency AAP’s CEO Bruce Davidson and editor-in-chief Tony Gillies will judge reporting and Website of the Year categories while two former NZ editors Jenny Wheeler and Sarah Stuart will judge Magazine of the Year. 

Columns will be judged by two former Dominion and Dominion Post editors, Tim Pankhurst and Richard Long, while columnists Deborah Hill Cone (NZ) and Bernard Lagan (Australia) will judge blogs and reviews. 

The photography section will be judged by a panel of three, two former New Zealand photographers, Rob Taggart and Mark Baker, now working for international news agencies in Britain and Indonesia, and former New Zealand Herald illustrations editor and managing editor Wayne Harman. 

Other former editors and prominent journalists in the judging line-up include Reg Birchfield, Sue Carty, Linda Clark, Jim Eagles, Mike Fletcher, Nicola Legat, Jane Phare, Ant Phillips, Lauren Quaintance, Tara Ross, Jim Tully and Fred Tulett.
Finalists will be announced next month with the awards being presented at Skycity, Auckland, on Friday May 22. For ticket sales, contact 

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