The Quint, The Scroll and ABP among WAN-IFRA’s South Asian Digital Media Awards 2018 winners.
WAN-IFRA India Annual Conference made a comeback in Hyderabad this year, with over 300 publishing executives from over 25 countries, to discuss digital-first approach in newsrooms, the future of news publishing, and print media trends.
The 26th annual conference, WAN-IFRA India 2018, was held on September 26 and 27 and was co-sponsored by The Indian Newspaper Society.
The much awaited third edition of the ‘South Asian Digital Media Awards’ was presented at the event and over 30 media organisations were awarded under 10 different categories.
The awards, a joint initiative by WAN-IFRA and Google, recognise best practice innovation in digital publishing worldwide. The awards are presented in South Asia, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The Gold award winners will subsequently compete for the World Digital Media Awards that will be announced in Glasgow in June during the 71st World News Media Congress 2019.
This year, The Scroll won the coveted Gold award in ‘Best in News Website’ category. The Quint bagged the gold for ‘Talking Stalking’ under the ‘Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences’ category. The ‘Best Digital Start-Up’ saw two Silver award winners – Sakal Media Private Limited for the Agrowon App and The Hindu for Briefcase.
“This platform is a novel way to recognise digital media initiatives by publishers from South Asia. It is heartening that participants to the 3rd South Asia Digital Media Awards of WAN-IFRA has increased by 50% to 125 this year and 30 winners have been selected.” said DD Purkayastha, Managing Director & CEO of ABP.
“The South Asian Digital Media Awards are a huge source of encouragement to the young team at The Quint, pushing us towards more meaningful journalism and better innovation in storytelling.” said Ritu Kapur, Founder and CEO of The Quint.
This year’s winners are thus:
Best Branded Content Project
Best Data Visualisation
Best Digital Marketing Campaign
Best Digital News Start-up
Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services
Best in Social Media Engagement
Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences
Best News Website or Mobile Service
Best Reader Revenue Initiative
Best Use of Online Video (including VR)
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