General winners’ work and judges’ comments

 

Best headline, caption or hook

Judges: Felicity Anderson and Ant Phillips

WINNER:
Michael Donaldson
NZ Herald / NZME

Judges’ comment:
'Michael Donaldson brings a maestro's touch to the sports pages of the NZ Herald. In each case he demonstrates a rare ability to entice, entertain and explain with just a few spare words combined to perfection. These powerful splash headlines speak to the reader, the story and the image.'


Best artwork / graphics - Sponsored by Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design

Judges: Melissa Gardi and Jenny Nicholls

WINNER:
Toby Morris

The Spinoff

Judges’ comment:
‘Toby Morris’s work has the power to change minds. He handles complex scenes – from maps to building interiors – with effortless skill and warmth. His humanity draws us in and leads us. While imaginative, Toby presents each idea with simple clarity – and the result seamlessly translates to multiple platforms.’


Cartoonist of the Year

Judges: Bruce Mahalski and Greg Treadwell

WINNER:
Rod Emmerson
NZ Herald / NZME

Judges’ comment:
‘Despite the consistent excellence of the entries, the Cartoonist of the Year judges were able to separate out four entries as finalists: Peter Bromhead (Herald on Sunday), Rod Emmerson (New Zealand Herald), Chris Slane (New Zealand Listener), and Shaun Yeo (Sunday News and Sunday Star-Times). These finalists were chosen on their originality, humour (in its widest definition) and for their penmanship and/or artistic skills. Together their work makes  up a remarkable exploration of life in NZ.’


Reviewer of the Year

Judges: Greg Dixon and Gilbert Wong

WINNER (joint):
Charlotte Grimshaw
New Zealand Listener/Bauer Media Group; The Spinoff; Landfall Review Online

Diana Wichtel
New Zealand Listener/Bauer Media Group

Judges’ comment:
‘While New Zealand journalism has no shortage of reviewers, it has a dearth of intelligent, thoughtful and witty critics who write with the sort of style, depth of knowledge and lack of self-important bluster that co-winners Charlotte Grimshaw and Diana Wichtel demonstrate in their highly readable, entertaining — and ultimately inseparable — portfolios. They are class acts.
Co-winners Charlotte Grimshaw and Diana Wichtel are easily the country’s best and most readable critics, writing with intelligence, humour and style.’

Charlotte Grimshaw
New Zealand Listener/Bauer Media Group; The Spinoff; Landfall Review Online

Diana Wichtel
New Zealand Listener/Bauer Media Group


Editorial Executive of the Year - Sponsored by ASB

Judges: Andrew Holden, Mark Jennings and Barry Stewart

WINNER:
Patrick Crewdson
Stuff
Editor in Chief / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Displaying an impressive array of skills and responsibilities – from editing stories and directing their presentation to guiding newsrooms around the country and running a team of national correspondents – Patrick has led New Zealand’s largest news website with passion and courage. In a climate of uncertainty, Patrick’s clear sense of purpose and ambition has provided strong, consistent leadership.’

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Wolfson Fellowship - Sponsored by Bauer Media Group

Judges: Andrew Holden, Rick Neville and Barry Stewart

WINNER:
Patrick Crewdson
Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘The annual Wolfson Fellowship is the most prestigious opportunity in this country for a senior journalist to study a topic of their choice at Cambridge University in the UK. The fellowship is paid for by the Newspaper Publishers’ Association and Bauer Media, with Air New Zealand providing return flights to London.
To win this fellowship, a list of candidates was chosen from among this year’s major category winners. Each was required to present a study proposal to a selection panel. That list was whittled down to two who were then interviewed by the panel to find an eventual winner.
From this rigorous process, Patrick Crewdson, editor in chief of Stuff was chosen as the 2019 Wolfson Fellow.
Stuff had a strong night at the Voyager Media Awards, taking out Best News Website, and two other big categories. As well, on a personal level, Patrick was named Editorial Executive of the Year.
Patrick cut his journalistic teeth on the Herald on Sunday, starting with the paper’s launch in 2004. He then moved to the Dominion Post where he rose through the ranks to become Head of News, then onto Stuff, first as News Editor, then Editor, and last year, to Editor-in-Chief.
Patrick plans to use the fellowship to study new media business models beyond advertising and paywalls, focusing on alternative sources of reader revenue.’

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