Awards to be reviewed

Criteria for the Newspaper of the Year awards will be reviewed to better reflect the changing publishing demands of news media.

The Newspaper Works chief executive Mark Hollands said the accelerating pace of news publishers’ transformation strategies meant the awards needed to be revitalised.

A panel of industry executives from a cross-section of newspapers, chaired by former News Ltd editor Ian Moore, will be established to conduct the review later this year.

“I am grateful to Ian for taking on this task,” said Mr Hollands. “His experience will be invaluable in bringing together the best people to re-create a set of awards that has become increasingly influential and popular in the last five years.

“Now is the time to reinvent them to ensure their relevance.”

Mr Moore is a former editor of The Sunday Telegraph and founder editor of the Sunday Herald Sun. He is retained by News Corp Australia and also edits the industry newspaper, The Bulletin.

He said: “The Newspaper of the Year awards are prized because it is an industry acknowledgement of excellence. However, as the dynamics change within the publishing industry we need to ensure this is reflected in the awards.”

Mr Hollands said industry colleagues were never slow to offer their feedback on how the awards should be run.

“The observation that the criteria needs to reflect the publishers’ various cross-platform strategies is ringing loud and clear,” he said. “Many others say there are too many awards. That is true of many industry awards because they’re supposed to be inclusive, but I do understand the sentiment.”

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