Celebration at Voyager Media Awards

May 17, 2019

Celebration at Voyager Media Awards

The Sunday Star-Times was declared Voyager Newspaper of the Year while relative newcomer The Spinoff won Website of the Year at the 2019 Voyager Media Awards tonight.

More than 600 guests gathered at Cordis, Auckland for the awards dinner to celebrate the work of print and broadcast journalists, photographers, videographers, opinion and feature writers, reviewers, artists and cartoonists.

Apart from the overall award, the Sunday Star-Times also won Weekly Newspaper of the Year and Best newspaper front page.

The judges described the newspaper as an authoritative weekend read, one that outshone its rivals by breaking a series of stories that set the national news agenda.

The co-judges for Website of the Year, sponsored by Voyager, said The Spin off featured energetic reporting, crisp editing and powerful images.

"The Spinoff is where we find stories no one else is covering ... stories we need to hear."

Stuff won Best news website or app, sponsored by Huawei, a website the judges said provided not only a comprehensive news service and major investigations but was creative and innovative.

The NZ Herald won Newspaper of the Year (more than 30,000 circulation)and Stuff's Waikato Times won Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation).

For the third consecutive year, Magazine of the Year was won by New Zealand Geographic. "The high engagement and growth across print and digital platforms is testament to the fact this is a magazine that resonates with New Zealanders," the judges said.

Two major reporting awards were taken out by broadcasting reporters. Reporter of the Year, sponsored by Voyager, was won by Phil Pennington, RNZ. Broadcast Reporter of the Year, sponsored by NZ On Air, was won by Janet McIntyre, Sunday/TVNZ, with Jehan Casinader, also from Sunday, a close runner-up.

The annual Wolfson Fellowship to study at Cambridge University, UK, was awarded to Stuff editor in chief, Patrick Crewdson, who was also named Editorial Executive of the Year.

The $4000 junior nib health journalism scholarship was won by Hannah Martin, Stuff, and the $6000 senior nib scholarship went to Catherine Hutton, RNZ.

In other categories, Best coverage of a major news event went to Newshub/MediaWorks for its coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal tour of New Zealand.

Stuff also won both Best editorial campaign with its New Zealand Made/Na Niu Tireni series on the unsettling truth about the Treaty of Waitangi; and Best innovation in digital storytelling, sponsored by Google, with Caught, an investigation into the use of forced labour in the tuna-fishing industry.

Feature Writer of the Year (long-form) was won by Charlie Mitchell, Stuff, who also won the Environmental/Sustainability Award, sponsored by Meridian Energy.

The Science and Technology Award, sponsored by the Science Media Centre, was won by Eloise Gibson, Newsroom.

In the photography and videography categories, sponsored by Canon, Photographer of the Year was won jointly by two Stuff photographers, Braden Fastier, Nelson Mail, and Chris Skelton.

Videographer of the Year was won by Tim Flower, VICE, who was presented with The McKendry Award in memory of legendary cameraman Derek McKendry.

Cartoonist of the Year was won by NZ Herald's Rod Emmerson, whom the judges described as "a legend among legends" with a talent for linking news events for comic effect.

Staged by the Newspaper Publishers' Association with Voyager Internet as premier sponsor, the awards attract nearly 2000 entries and have been running for 46 years.

Voyager CEO Seeby Woodhouse said it was a privilege to support the individuals and teams who create and shape New Zealand's diverse and thriving media industry.

"The fact that The Spinoff, a relative newcomer to the digital scene, won a major category tonight shows how fast the media landscape is changing and how anything is possible at the Voyager Media Awards."

Full list of winners:
Best Innovation in digital StorytellingCaught, Stuff
Best News Website or App: Stuff
Website of the Year: The Spinoff
general: Jehan Casinader, Sunday/TVNZ
crime and/or social issues: Teuila Fuatai, newsroom.co.nz
Best arts, entertainment and/or lifestyle portfolio: Kim Knight, Canvas, NZ Herald/NZME
Best first-person essay or feature: Michelle Langstone, North & South/Bauer Media Group
Feature writing - Best feature writer – junior: Ellen Rykers, New Zealand Geographic/Kōwhai Media
Feature Writer of the Year (short-form): James Borrowdale, VICE
Feature Writer of the Year (long-form): Charlie Mitchell, Stuff
Best Headline or hook: Michael Donaldson, NZ Herald/NZME
Best artwork/graphics (including interactive/motion graphics): Toby Morris, The Spinoff
Cartoonist of the Year: Rod Emmerson, NZ Herald/NZME
Reviewer of the Year (Joint): Charlotte Grimshaw, New Zealand Listener/Bauer Media Group; The Spinoff; Landfall Review Online and Diana Wichtel, New Zealand Listener/Bauer Media Group
Editorial Executive of the Year: Patrick Crewdson, Editor in Chief, Stuff
Wolfson Fellowship: Patrick Crewdson, Editor in Chief, Stuff
Best magazine cover: North & South, Bauer Media Group
Best magazine design: HOME New Zealand/Bauer Media Group
Best newspaper-inserted magazine: Viva, NZ Herald/NZME
Best trade/specialist publication and/or website: Farmers Weekly/ GlobalHQ
Magazine of the Year: New Zealand Geographic, Kowhai Media
Best newspaper front page: Sunday Star-Times/Stuff
Community Newspaper of the Year: The Beacon/Beacon Publishing Group
Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation): Waikato Times
Newspaper of the Year (more than 30,000 circulation): NZ Herald/NZME
Weekly Newspaper of the Year: Sunday Star-Times/Stuff
Voyager Newspaper of the Year: Sunday Star-Times/Stuff
Opinion writing
Opinion writing - general and/or sport: Max Christoffersen, Waikato Times/Stuff
Opinion writing - humour/satire: Madeleine Chapman, The Spinoff
Opinion Writer of the Year: Simon Wilson, NZ Herald
Best feature/photographic essay: David White, Stuff
Best photography – general: Stephen Jaquiery, Otago Daily Times/Allied Press
Best photography – portrait: Alden Williams, Stuff
Best photography – news and/ or sport: Braden Fastier, Nelson Mail/Stuff
Best photo – junior: George Heard, The Press/Stuff
Photographer of the Year (joint): Braden Fastier, Nelson Mail/Stuff and Chris Skelton, Stuff
Reporter - general: Melanie Reid, newsroom.co.nz
Reporter - crime and/or social issues: Kirsty Johnston, NZ Herald/NZME
Best reporting - Maori affairs: Miriama Kamo, Sunday and Marae/TVNZ
nib Health Journalism Scholarship – junior: Hannah Martin, Stuff
nib Health Journalism Scholarship – senior: Catherine Hutton, RNZ
Environmental/Sustainability Award: Charlie Mitchell, Stuff
Science and Technology Award: Eloise Gibson, newsroom.co.nz
Best individual investigation: Nicholas Jones, NZ Herald/NZME
Best team investigation: Stuff, Sex offender/motel investigations
Best (single) news story (joint): Madeleine Chapman, The Spinoff and Nicholas Jones, NZ Herald/NZME
Best coverage of a major news event: Newshub/MediaWorks, Royal tour
Best editorial campaign or project: Stuff, New Zealand Made/ Nā Niu Tireni
Best reporter – junior: Mackenzie Smith, RNZ
Student Journalist of the Year: Luke Kirkness, NZ Herald/NZME
Community Journalist of the Year: Torika Tokalau, Western Leader/Stuff
Regional Journalist of the Year: Hamish McNeilly, The Press/Stuff
Sports Journalist of the Year: Dana Johannsen, NZ Herald
Business Journalist of the Year: Calida Stuart-Menteath, The National Business Review
Political Journalist of the Year: Tova O'Brien, Newshub/MediaWorks
Broadcaster of the Year: Janet McIntyre, Sunday/TVNZ
Reporter of the Year: Phil Pennington, RNZ
Best news video(single videographer): Dan Cook, RNZ
Best feature video (single videographer): Anna Harcourt, Re:/TVNZ
Best team video – news: Newshub/MediaWorks, Road toll devastation through the eyes of first responders
Best team video – feature: Sunday/TVNZ, P Babies
Best videographer – junior: Rosa Woods, The Dominion Post/Stuff
Videographer of the Year: Tim Flower, VICE

To view all winners' work and judges' comments to go: www.voyagermediaawards.nz/winners2019