The Voyager Media Awards this year saw Stuff take out the win in 20 categories out of 51.
The wins for Stuff showed its strength of local journalism across multiple platforms.
Well deserved wins went across to Stuff’s journalist team; including Stuff’s Lawrence Smith who won Video Journalist of the Year; and Dana Johannsen took out Sports Journalist of the Year.
Stuff performed strongly in the photography categories with Stacy Squires landing a Judges’ prize for the single best news photo. His entry was one of the stand-out images from the Christchurch mosque attack, which judges described as “heartbreaking and haunting”.
The Waikato Times won Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation) for the third year running, with reporter Aaron Leaman also picking up the Regional Journalism Scholarship (joint winner). The Sunday Star-Times was awarded Weekly Newspaper of the Year, while Sunday took out Best newspaper-inserted magazine.
Stuff also won both podcast categories for Best narrative/serial (White Silence, produced with RNZ) and joint winner Best episodic/recurrent (Out of My Mind).
Stuff’s Product of Australia: sending convicts to NZ story won Best team investigation with judges praising storytelling of the highest standard. Stuff Circuit won Best TV/video documentary for Infinite Evil, exposing online image board 8chan.
Editorial Director Mark Stevens congratulated all the winners and said the accolades reflected the vital role of quality, local journalism.
“Trusted journalism has never been more important than it is now, at a time when our industry is under great strain. I’m immensely proud of this year’s winners – from Stuff and across the wider industry – and all journalists who work hard every day to uncover and report stories that matter.”