The 2018 News Media Award finalists have been announced after a panel of 50 industry judges narrowed down the hundreds of entries to shortlists across the 32 categories.
This year’s awards are a new-look ceremony that combines the former PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards with the Advertising and Marketing Awards.
More than 500 entries were submitted this year by news media publishers from throughout Australia and New Zealand as well as Asia and the Pacific. News Corp Australia takes out the lion’s share of nominations, shortlisted 86 times across its titles, followed by Fairfax Media (Australia) with 60, NZME with 16 and Stuff with 12.
The awards recognise excellence in cross-platform news publishing, reflected in categories covering advertising, marketing, technical, product innovation, executive excellence and photography. The overall News Brand of the Year award will be selected from the winners of the Community, Regional, Daily and Weekend News Brand of the Year categories.
News Media Works chief executive Peter Miller says the rebranded awards place a new emphasis on platform agnostic news brands.
“[The rebrand] is an important step forward for the awards, now in their 49th year. Publishers have embraced the revised format and categories, which reflect the changing nature of news brands to meet the needs of advertisers and readers, where trust in their media choices to provide quality, credible journalism is critical.
Winners will be announced at the 2018 News Media Awards gala dinner on 14 September at the Hilton, Sydney.
View the full list of 2018 finalists here.