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Record sponsorship support for Canon Media Awards

Record sponsorship support for Canon Media Awards

Several new sponsors have signed up to support the Canon Media Awards, the national journalism awards run by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association.

Principal sponsor is Canon New Zealand which has a long history of supporting photographic and print media awards in this country.

A record 10 other organisations have committed to support the annual awards which will next be presented at a gala dinner at Te Papa in Wellington on May 20, 2016.

Sponsors of the 2015 awards presented in Auckland earlier this year were Canon, magazine publisher Bauer Media Group, paper supplier Norske Skog, Google, Seafood New Zealand, the Guardians of the NZ Cartoon Archive at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Science Media Centre and industry training organisation Competenz.

Google sponsors the award for best website; Seafood NZ, environmental photography; NZ Cartoon Archive, cartoons; and Science Media Centre, science and technology.

All have agreed to continue their support next year. New sponsors for 2016 are ASB, sponsoring a new award for best innovation in storytelling; professional services firm EY, business reporter of the year; and Massey University, best investigation. Massey runs New Zealand’s longest-established journalism school, due to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

NPA editorial director Rick Neville says having such strong brands supporting the awards is a real testament to the event.

“It’s also gratifying to see such reputable organisations throwing their support behind journalism in New Zealand.

“Whether in print, web or mobile, journalism plays an important role in keeping society informed and safeguarding the health of democracy.

“The Canon awards are an opportunity to recognise the best of New Zealand journalism and those who created it, and to showcase the world class content published in our newspapers, magazines and websites.”

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

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