The Voyager Media Awards this year saw a range of different wins, however the ones taken out by NZME’s The Herald showed the strength of local journalism.
Taking out two of the biggest prizes Newspaper of the Year and Website of the Year, NZ Herald proved it was still a trusted local news source with grounded roots.
Website of the Year, NZME’s nzherald.co.nz also won a rare digital double, claiming Best News Website/App.
The New Zealand Herald weekday newspaper was awarded Newspaper of the Year (more than 30,000 circulation) and the country’s overall Voyager Newspaper of the Year – the 10th time in 13 years that Herald titles have won the big accolade.
As well as major news and sporting events over the past 12 months, the NZ Herald launched its Premium digital subscription service, supporting its commitment to in-depth, quality journalism.
NZME Managing Editor Shayne Currie paid tribute to NZME’s newsrooms throughout the country. “From the Christchurch mosque attacks to the tragedy of the Whakaari White Island eruption, and from the major sporting events to countless investigations and hard-hitting journalism, our reporters and teams have excelled. That’s been further amplified with our relentlessly excellent coverage and analysis of the COVID-19 crisis.”
Individual NZ Herald journalists were also honoured, including political editor Audrey Young, named Political journalist of the year, Alan Gibson, judged photographer of the year, and Nicholas Jones, awarded feature-writer of the Year (short-form).
The NZ Herald’s multi-platform “Fighting the Demon” documentary was awarded Best Innovation in Digital Storytelling.
Congratulating Voyager Media Award winners, NZME CEO Michael Boggs paid tribute to everyone involved in journalism throughout New Zealand. “In these challenging times, Kiwis have turned to you in even greater numbers for clarity and understanding. You have stepped up to the challenge and delivered, regardless of where in New Zealand you work, or who you work for. You are doing our industry, your businesses, and yourselves proud.”