The 2021 awards in their fifth edition received more than 140 entries, a record jump of close to double the number of entries in the previous year. These awards, presented by WAN-IFRA recognise South Asian publishers who have delivered unique and original digital media projects in the last 12 months. From new approaches to digital subscriptions to impactful native advertising campaigns, these are projects that inspire us all. The ‘Gold’ winners automatically enter WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards competition.
The winners are:
Best News Website (or) Mobile Service
Gold: Manoramaonline.com, Malayala Manorama
Silver: thequint.com, The Quint
Bronze: bloombergquint.com, Quintillion Business Media Pvt. Ltd.
Best Use of Online Video
Gold: Life in an Auto: The Inspiring Story of 74-year-old Sole Breadwinner, Desraj Jyot Singh, The Quint
Silver: Girls on a Mission, People Like Us Create (PLUC)
Bronze: A Night at India’s Largest Farmer’s Protest, BBC News
Gold: Times TOP 10, Times of India Digital
Silver: The India Cable, Foundation for Independent Journalism
Bronze: Here’s the thing – Weekly Members-only Newsletter, Spunklance Media Pvt. Ltd.
Best Data Visualisation
Gold: West Bengal Elections 2021, NDTV Convergence
Silver: COVID-19 Pandemic: Full Coverage, NDTV Convergence
Bronze: Kerala Assembly Election 2021, The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd.
Best Reader Revenue Initiative
Gold: HT Codeathon, Hindustan Times
Silver: Support The Wire, Foundation for Independent Journalism
Bronze: Freedom Sale 2021 – The Hindu Group, The Hindu
Best in Audience Engagement
Gold: Bring Back Milk Bikis Campaign, The Hindu
Silver: Teen Goshti, BBC News
Silver: Kissan Protein Champs – Knowledge Series & Brain-teasing Activities, The Hindu
Bronze: Njanoru Naran, M M Publications Ltd. (Vanitha)
Best Podcast / Digital Audio Project
Gold: Sakalchya Batmya / Daily Sakal News, Sakal Media Group
Silver: Club FM Cinema Katha, The Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co. Ltd.
Bronze: Vivechana, BBC News
Best Brand Marketing Campaign (for News Brands)
Gold: Doctor’s Day Campaign – Hindustan Times
Silver: Neel Barir Lorai – Anandabazar Patrika
Bronze: HT Fresh – First Voice. Last Word. – Hindustan Times
Best Special Project for COVID-19
Gold: On The Road with the Pandemic: Counting India’s Uncounted COVID Deaths, Mojo Story
Silver: Hindustan COVID Actions, Hindustan Media Venture Ltd.
Silver: Covid-specific Jagran Dialogues Series, in Collaboration with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and UNICEF India, Jagran New Media
Bronze: BBC’s coverage of COVID in India, BBC News
Best Branded / Sponsored Content Campaign
Gold: Unacademy Let’s Crack CSE, The Hindu
Silver: HT Codeathon, Hindustan Times
Silver: Break the Taboo, The Daily Star
Bronze: Bring back Milk Bikis, The Hindu
Bronze: HTLS 2020, Hindustan Times
The entries were evaluated by an international panel of jury which included – Adam Tinworth, Digital Publishing Consultant, UK, Alberto Lucas López, National Geographic, Angela Robson, multi award-winning TV, radio and print journalist, Corinne Podger, Reuters & BBC Certified Consultant, Australia, Dickens Olewe, Journalist, Kenya, Emanuel Karlsten, Media Consultant, Hans Peter Janisch, newspaper designer and consultant, Iryna Vidanava, independent online media consultant, Belarus, Jacqui Park, journalist, editor and media strategist, Jerusha Raath, Head of Brand Studio, 24.com, Juan Velasco, Founder and Creative Director of 5W Infographics, Michael Cooke, consultant and editor, Murdoch Davis, consultant and editor, Rob Montgomery, Mobile Journalism consultant, Lucie Lacava, Design Consultant, Steve Yelvington, Media Consulting and Training, Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, Award-winning digital journalist, Kuala Lumpur, Rakesh Dubuddu, Founder and CEO, Factly, Chhavi Sachdev. Storyteller: Podcast Producer, Editor, Aniruddha Pawade, Podcast Consultant, Gurman Bhatia, Independent Information Designer, Prem koman, Narrative & Storytelling consultant, Kavita Chandran, Thomson Reuters Foundation and Sambit Pal, Associate Professor, International School of Broadcasting and Journalism.
The winners will receive their awards virtually at the upcoming South Asian Digital Media Awards 2022 on 8-10 March.
Further details and the ‘Hall of Fame’ (winners) of the previous editions of the award are available at South Asian Digital Media Awards webpage.
Contact and Inquiries
For further information, please contact: Magdoom Mohamed, Managing Director, WAN-IFRA South Asia, Chennai, India (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Suresh Babu, Asst. Manager – Business Development, WAN-IFRA South Asia, Chennai, India (email@example.com).
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