The Dominion Post has been named metropolitan 2014 Newspaper of the Year in the Canon Awards, New Zealand’s largest media awards.
Judges said the Wellington-based daily was “a complete package”.
Its coverage of the Government Communications Security Bureau spying scandal, uncovered by Reporter of the Year Andrea Vance, won high praise, alongside its coverage of July’s 6.5 earthquake in Seddon. Ms Vance revealed in the story the Government Communications Security Bureau had spied illegally on 85 people on behalf of domestic spy agency, the Security Intelligence Service.
Judges said the role of a capital city’s newspaper is a difficult mission. “Leading the way in coverage of national affairs is an expectation that literally comes with the territory but at the same time a capital city has a life beyond the confines of politics,” they said.
“The Dominion Post meets both its briefs. Its brilliant spy scandal story and its deep affection for its home town show that it has mastered the art of walking down both sides of its street at once.”
The runner up in the metropolitan category – for papers above 30,000 circulation – was The New Zealand Herald, while the Whangarei-based Northern Advocate took out the top award in the Regional newspaper category. Best Community Newspaper went to The North Shore Times.
In the newly established Best Blog category, Cameron Slater took top honours with his Whale Oil Beef Hooked blog for breaking the story on the involvement of Auckland Mayor Len Brown in an extra-marital affair, while stuff.co.nz won Best News Site and Yahoo, best overall website.
Sunday Star-Times’ Steve Braunias was awarded Best Columnist – Humour Satire, and the New Zealand Listener’s Jane Clifton took out and Best Columnist – General, as well as the overall Columnist of the Year award.
The New Zealand Herald’s Rod Emmerson was named Cartoonist of the Year and Brett Phibbs, Press Photographer of the Year.
Canon New Zealand managing director Yusue Mizoguchi commended the “talented and passionate people” that make up New Zealand’s media landscape. “It is a pleasure to continue to support the industry, recognise the outstanding work that has been produced over the last year,” he said.
For the full list of winners, go to canonmediaawards.co.nz.
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