New 2016 Canon Media Awards categories announced

New 2016 Canon Media Awards categories announced

New awards reflecting the rapidly changing media landscape are included in the line‐up of categories for the 2016 Canon Media Awards.

Entries for the 2016 awards will be invited next month with the awards to be announced and presented in Wellington on May 20 next year. 

Now in their 42nd year, the awards are run by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association. Canon has been principal sponsor since 2010. 

For 2016, the majority of writing awards will be platform neutral, meaning news stories, features and opinion pieces in each category will be judged against one another irrespective of whether they were published in a newspaper, magazine or on a website.

Heavyweight awards such as Newspaper of the Year, Magazine of the Year and Best Website will remain while major new digital awards including best news site or app, best sport site, best lifestyle/entertainment site and best blog site have been introduced. Other newcomers will be best editorial campaign or project, best coverage of a major news event and best innovation in storytelling.

New categories aimed more at individual journalists include scoop of the year and editorial leader of the year which will sit alongside best investigation and the premier reporting and feature writing awards. 

The previous categories of columns, editorials and blogs have been merged into a new genre of opinion.

Reflecting expansion of the photographer’s skillset to include video, the photographic awards will now include four video categories including videographer of the year. 

The new list has evolved out of discussions with senior editors from the main publishing groups.

Entries will be accepted by the NPA from December 8, closing on February 12.

Detailed entry criteria and conditions will be provided on before the entry period opens. 

A full list of categories is attached and can also be seen on the above website. 

For more information, contact, ph 021 279 6447

Canon category list Nov 5 2015     

Photographer of the year         
Junior photographer of the year          
Videographer of the year         
Best news photo      
Best news video      
Best feature photo           
Best feature video           
Best portrait photo            
Best sports photo 
Best sports video           
Best environmental photography    

Reporter of the year           
Junior reporter of the year           
Regional journalist of the year         
Community journalist of the year       
Crime & justice            
Science & technology           
Arts & entertainment           

Feature writing 
Feature writer of the year         
Junior feature writer of the year        
Crime & justice          
Science & technology           
Arts & entertainment           
Opinion writing 
Opinion writer of the year 

Reviewer of the Year           
Cartoonist of the year           
Best headline             
Student journalist of the year
Best investigation           
Scoop of the year           
Best editorial campaign or project       
Best coverage of a major news event        
Best innovation in storytelling         
Website of the year (overall)         
Best news site or app           
Best sport site              
Best lifestyle/entertainment site        
Best blog site             
Best digital artworks or graphics        
Best print artworks or graphics         
Best newspaper front page         
Best Newspaper Inserted Magazine (NiM)             
Newspaper of the year (overall)        
Newspaper of the year +30,000        
Newspaper of the year ‐30,000         
Weekly newspaper of the year         
Community newspaper of the year       
Magazine of the year           
Best trade/specialist publication and/or site     
Best magazine design     
Editorial leader of the year 

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