Reporting Winners’ and judges’ comments

 

Reporting - general

Judges: Scott Campbell and Nick Venter

WINNER:
Melanie Reid
newsroom.co.nz

Judges’ comment:
‘An extremely strong portfolio. Three agenda-setting stories that changed the legal and political landscapes and exposed farming malpractice.’


Crime and/or social issues

Judges: Joanne Black and Terry Quinn

WINNER:
Kirsty Johnston

NZ Herald / NZME

Judges’ comment:
‘In a strong field of entries, Kirsty’s portfolio stood out for her bulldog approach. Her tenacious reporting shaped three exemplary investigations that resulted in real change. This outstanding entry showed how rapists walked free after administrative errors by Police, how a law – that has now been changed - disadvantaged family caregivers and how there is inequality of opportunity in prestigious courses at New Zealand’s universities. It was an impressive portfolio from a highly talented.’

RUNNER-UP:
Jared Savage

NZ Herald / NZME

Judges’ comment:
‘Striking set of stories, including Haumaha and Stroubek exclusives. Jared displays solid digging and fact-driven, objective writing. Just beaten by a nose.’


Best reporting - Maori affairs

Judges: Scott Campbell and Tina Wickliffe

WINNER:
Miriama Kamo
Sunday and Marae / TVNZ

Judges’ comment:
‘As #metoo dominated global headlines, Miriama Kamo brought the issue of sexual abuse home with the right balance of cultural sensitivity and objectivity. Her exclusive with Ani Black was the interview everyone stopped to watch.’


RUNNER-UP:
Tony Wall

Stuff


Environmental/Sustainability Award - Sponsored by Meridian Energy

Judges: Allan Baddock and Mike Dickison

WINNER:
Charlie Mitchell
Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘What happened here is an imaginative and engaging approach to a little known but profoundly significant side of NZ's environmental management. Thin Ice is a comprehensive investigation into the issues surrounding climate change in a very striking NZ context. Great visual treatment of both stories and very thorough exploration of the stories and issues surrounding the subjects.’


Science and Technology Award - Sponsored by Science Media Centre

Judges: Mike Dickison and Emily Wilson

WINNER:
Eloise Gibson
newsroom.co.nz

Judges’ comment:
‘We thought this was a really unusual and exceptionally well done investigation that did exactly what the very best journalism is meant to do: hold the powerful to account.’


RUNNERS-UP (joint):
Kate Evans

New Zealand Geographic / Kōwhai Media and New Zealand Listener / Bauer Media Group

Judges’ comment:
‘Good to see coverage both of recent New Zealand prehistory and how we learn about it; a fascinating subject still largely the domain of researchers and unaccountably not much in the public discourse.’

RUNNER-UP (joint):
Charlie Mitchell

Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Charlie's examination of the conservation algorithm makes the reader confront the challenge of conservation choices, a step up from more-common conservation exposés and feel-good species preservation stories.’


Best individual investigation

Judges: Bill Moore and Alan Sunderland

WINNER:
Nicholas Jones
NZ Herald / NZME

Judges’ comment:
‘Although the winning entry stood out for its excellent research and storytelling the judges were impressed by the high standard of entries from across all media disciplines, and noted that many of the investigations deserved to be recognised and honoured. The breadth and quality of the work spoke volumes about the strength of New Zealand journalism across the board, they said.’


Best team investigation - Sponsored by NZ On Air

Judges: Ali Ikram and Lynda van Kempen

WINNER:
Stuff
Sex offender/motel investigations

Judges’ comment:
‘The investigation focused on the state, housing convicted paedophiles in motel accommodation. The stories stood out amongst a field of high quality entries for their championing the rights of our most vulnerable citizens - children. They highlighted structural inequality, but the precise and very specific scope of inquiry made the findings completely inescapable for the public servants in question.’


Best (single) news story / scoop

Judges: Bruce Morris and Lynda van Kempen

WINNER (joint):
Madeleine Chapman
The Spinoff

Judges’ comment:
‘An outstanding field where very little separated the top 10 or 12 entries, but no story stood head and shoulders above the rest. Madeleine Chapman’s entry on the distorted labelling of a New Zealand fashion house showed how a tenacious reporter can turn an everyday reader tip into a great story that everyone follows. Her story revealed the dubious stance of a “made in New Zealand” brand that, we discovered, dealt with low-wage economies when it suited.’

WINNER (joint):
Nicholas Jones
NZ Herald / NZME

Judges’ comment:
‘An outstanding field where very little separated the top 10 or 12 entries, but no story stood head and shoulders above the rest. Nicholas Jones’ investigation into the quality of care in rest homes was a hard-edged investigation that was exhaustive and compelling with wide impact. It was the first – impressive - round in a running series that highlighted the frailties and flaws of an industry entrusted with the care of our elderly.’


Best coverage of a major news event

Judges: Owen Poland and Terry Quinn

WINNER:
Newshub / MediaWorks

Royal Tour

Judges’ comment:
‘The Royal Tour by Harry and Meghan might have been a soft subject to cover but it presented its own logistical nightmares. The engaging Melissa provided a professional masterclass as a live presenter, milking every possible angle out of the Royal’s couple’s exhausting tour without ever being too gushing. She provided compelling, cohesive content and personal storytelling with exclusive angles, strong visuals and follow-ups to keep the 18-day tour coverage continually fresh and entertaining.’

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Best editorial campaign or project

Judges: Joanne Black and Richard Harman

WINNER:
Stuff

New Zealand Made/ Nā Niu Tireni

Judges’ comment:
‘Outstanding research, gripping presentation made for a compelling presentation on arguably the biggest issue facing the country. The interactive opportunities should have made it accessible to anyone who read it.’


Best Reporter - junior - Sponsored by Asia New Zealand Foundation

Judges: Richard Harman and Ali Ikram

WINNER:
Mackenzie Smith

RNZ

Judges’ comment:
‘MacKenzie Smith’s meticulous coverage of the Pacific allowed him to present a strong portfolio of reporting to the judges. Given New Zealand’s influence in the region it is vital that we have journalists of Smith’s calibre holding leaders to account for their spending and actions ensuring that the reality of New Zealand’s status as an honest broker in the Pacific matches the rhetoric.’


Student Journalist of the Year - Sponsored by AUT

Judges: Mike Fletcher and Wayne Thompson

WINNER:
Luke Kirkness

NZ Herald / NZME

Judges’ comment:
‘The finalists proved they have two key skills - a keen nose for news, the ability to craft good stories. Their portfolios demonstrated a useful understanding of journalism. The winning portfolio also showed that Luke Kirkness can think clearly and quickly to get the story under deadline pressure.’


Community Journalist of the Year

Judges: Shane Taurima and Wayne Thompson

WINNER:
Torika Tokalau

Western Leader / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘An excellent portfolio that reflects the diversity of the community – gritty, heart-wrenching and uplifting.’

RUNNER-UP:
Rob Drent
The Devonport Flagstaff


Regional Journalist of the Year

Judges: Irene Chapple and Glenn Conway

WINNER:
Hamish McNeilly

The Press / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘In a highly competitive field, Hamish's portfolio showed initiative and creativity. His stories showed original thinking in their development and approach, resulting in compelling and intriguing reading. Innovative, bold and a classy catalogue of work. McNeilly has excelled in breaking quality news stories in a media environment dominated by the traditional media organisation in town. He manages to produce quality stories that aren't just relevant to his patch but the wider reading public.’


Sports Journalist of the Year

Judges: Bruce Morris and Foster Niumata

WINNER:
Dana Johannsen

Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Dana Johannsen shows her class as a sports writer blessed with the time and space (and, of course, the skill) to draw readers. She’s a fine writer with a compelling style and the ability to skilfully weave news through a feature approach. Her portfolio was an invitation to enjoy how the dots connected, learn something new, and finish with a fresh insight into the sporting world.’


Business Journalist of the Year - Sponsored by BusinessNZ

Judges: Felicity Anderson and Owen Poland

WINNER:
Calida Stuart-Menteath

The National Business Review

Judges’ comment:
‘Calida presented a strong portfolio of articles which were all backed by sound research and attention to detail that was supported by a coherent and hard-hitting narrative. Her Shoeshine column on Powerhouse had just the right tone, while the story on Kiwi entrepreneur Iyia Liu provided important and highly relevant context about her family connections.’


Political Journalist of the Year

Judges: Deborah Coddington and Ngahuia Wade

WINNER:
Tova O'Brien

Newshub / MediaWorks

Judges’ comment:
‘Courageous, tenacious, O'Brien wielded considerable influence on the 2018 political scene with her scoops, as a good member of the fourth estate should. She leads from the lip and is not put off by those who would have her silenced. A true political muckraker.’

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Broadcast Reporter of the Year - Sponsored by NZ On Air

Judges: Drew Ambrose and Kamahl Santamaria

WINNER:
Janet McIntyre

Sunday / TVNZ

Judges’ comment:
‘Janet is a meticulous story-teller. She structures her stories perfectly, revealing facts and twists along the way without fanfare or sensationalism. Her scripting is simple and minimalist, allowing the characters and pictures to tell their story. Janet McIntyre is a reporter still at the top of her game.’


RUNNER-UP:

Jehan Casinader
Sunday / TVNZ


Reporter of the Year - Sponsored by Voyager

Judges: James Hollings and Jim Tully *An original co-judge, Paul Thompson, recused himself due to a conflict of interest.

WINNER:
Phil Pennington

RNZ

Judges’ comment:
‘Phil Pennington: "Dogged, determined, and powerful, Phil Pennington was a clear winner for all three judges. All his stories had strong and enduring impact and were led by a determination to serve the public interest, rather than chase headlines. His reporting was public service reporting of the highest calibre, and a worthy winner of the Reporter of the Year Award.’


RUNNER-UP:

Carmen Parahi
Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Carmen Parahi's stories showed a determination to ask the big, difficult questions about Maori-Pakeha relations, and stood out for the quality and depth of her research, and the clarity and richness of her writing. They are questions which don't have easy, or simple answers, and yet her stories show that journalism can still bring light there.’