9 May, 2014

APN New Zealand Media has taken out 19 awards at the national Canon Media Awards including Best Weekly Newspaper for the Weekend Herald, Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation) for the Northern Advocate, best breaking news coverage for nzherald.co.nz and best innovation for Viva’s stylish iPad App.

APN’s success, winning more than one-third of all awards on offer for newspaper, digital and marketing categories also saw Richard Robinson declared Press Photographer of the Year and Rod Emmerson named Cartoonist of the Year for the fourth time.

Weekly entertainment liftout Timeout won best newspaper magazine and the daily compact New Zealand Herald won the award for Best Design.

In selecting winners, Canon judges:
• Described the Weekend Herald as a “thoroughly modern newspaper” that has the courage to throw out the rule book and it sets itself apart from the standard news digest by putting the stories it wants to tell on the agenda.
• Praised the Northern Advocate for its refreshing and surprising approach, declaring it “noisy and opinionated but clearly devoted to the community it serves”.
• Said nzherald.co.nz’s coverage of the July earthquakes showed “a real sense of urgency with a great live stream and posts coming thick and fast”.
• Commended the Viva Magazine App as a “dynamic makeover that plays to the strengths of the content with highly visual graphic design and layout and intuitive user interfacee lements”.

Martin Simons, CEO of APN New Zealand Media says: “APN is a modern multimedia brand with a bright future and these awards reflect its strength and relevance to our readers who look to our titles for thought-provoking and timely content built on credibility, integrity and trust.

We continue to invest in our titles across print and digital platforms and this remains our utmost priority. For us it’s about meeting the continuing changing needs of consumers, who judge us every day at news stand and online.

“I think the team is doing a great job at it and the peer recognition is reward for the effort of the top teams we have across all areas of the company,’’ he said.

For the first time a marketing category was added to the Awards with the Herald’s ‘150 Years of Looking Forward’ campaign celebrating its 150th Birthday taking out the inaugural top honours.

For a full list of awards see below:

Weekly Newspaper of the Year Weekend Herald
Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation) Northern Advocate
Best Digital Breaking News Coverage nzherald.co.nz
Best Innovation in New Technologies Viva – The New Zealand Herald
Best Newspaper Design The New Zealand Herald
Best Newspaper Inserted Magazine TimeOut – The New Zealand Herald

Press Photographer of the Year Richard Robinson – The New Zealand Herald
Cartoonist of the Year Rod Emmerson – The New Zealand Herald
Best Photo Essay/Slideshow Brett Phibbs – The New Zealand Herald
Best Feature Photo Stephen Parker – Rotorua Daily Post
Regional/Community Reporter of the Year Sandra Conchie – Bay of Plenty Times
Reporter Crime and Justice Anna Leask – The New Zealand Herald
Reporter Health and Education David Fisher – The New Zealand Herald
Reporter Sport Dylan Cleaver – The New Zealand Herald
Newspaper Feature Writer Crime and Justice David Fisher – The New Zealand Herald
Newspaper Feature Writer Arts and Entertainment Linda Herrick – The New Zealand Herald
Newspaper Feature Writer Sport Phil Taylor – The New Zealand Herald
Best Brand Campaign The New Zealand Herald
Best Artwork Anna Crichton – The New Zealand Herald Metro