Judging has begun for The Newspaper Works’ annual industry awards, the PANPAs, which received a record number of entries this year.
Almost 1200 submissions have been received for the Newspaper of the Year and the Advertising & Marketing awards.
The finalists for the Newspaper of the Year categories will be announced on August 12, while a similar short-list for the Ad & Marketing awards was released two weeks ago.
“It is fantastic to see the spirit of competition and industry excellence is alive and well in the news business,” said The Newspaper Works chief executive Mark Hollands.
“Participation in the Advertising & Marketing awards has risen 30 percent, while more than 700 submissions have been received for newspapers, digital publishing, print and production and photography.”
Mr Hollands said it had been a tough commercial year for the news publishing sector but the standard of work had remained “incredibly high”.
“Colleagues have shown the ability to adapt to the new economic conditions and the continuing restructuring of the entire media sector,” he said.
“Technology-driven changes, especially related to programmatic and automated trading of media, plus the rise of mobile and video, has significantly added to the complexity of the news publishing sector.”
Mr Hollands said entries demonstrated a continuing commitment to innovative commercial solutions and execution, and high quality journalism.
The organisation has maintained its commitment to having three judges for each of the categories.
Three exceptions are made for this policy – the judging of newspapers for the national/metro and weekend categories will be judged by a panel of five industry identities, chaired by Ian Moore, who is the consulting editorial director at The Newspaper Works and a former editor at News Corporation Australia.
A panel of similar size, chaired by DIC’s Steve Packham, will judge the Technical Excellence category for print and production.
Mr Hollands said he was grateful to the 80-plus judges who were giving their time and expertise to the awards.
“Their participation is crucial for the industry to celebrate excellence and share the quality of our collective work. Some of the categories take several hours to get through and everyone takes their responsibility very seriously.”
The sponsors for the 2015 Newspaper of the year are Norske Skog (Print); NewsCycle (Digital); DIC (Technical Excellence); MediaSuper (Photography & Hegarty Scholarship).
“We thank our partners for continuing to support Newspaper of the Year and recognising its importance to the industry,” said Mr Hollands.
The full list of judges is: Kellie Northwood, Emelio Robles, Daniel Littlepage, Peter Cornelius, Sam North, Darren Burden, Stu Cameron, Miguel D’Souza, Nate Cochrane, Ed Efchak, David Murphy, Mark Challinor, Karyn Krawford, Foad Fadaghi, David Hovenden, Mark Tedeschi, Jon Reid, Susan Bredow, Simon Sharwood, Damien Munday, Helena Daley, Rochelle Burbury, Eva Rinaldi, Valerie Arnould, Doug Wills, Tim Burrowes, William Cain, Grant Booker, Mark Dadswell, David Leeson, Jeff Darmanin, Andrew Tyndall, Cheryl Senter, Ross Duncan, Andy Moger, Paul Burston, Craig Sillitoe, Leith Phillips, Marina Go, Bruce Davidson, Peter Horgan, John Croll, Rick Neville, Kylie Davis, Chris Pash, Hugh Martin, Philip Clark, Darren Baguley, Leith Phillips, Lianne Richards, Mal Dale, Gai Le Roi Helena Daley, Garth Agius, Paul Carroll, Andrew Sinclair, Peter Cornelius, Michele McCamley, Paddy Douneen, David Hoath, Samantha Amjadali, Glen Wiggs, Andy Moger, John Koay, Jasmin Bedir, Mark Jones, Adrianne Nixon, Paul Dovas, Laurie Geddes, Sylvianne Heim, Danny Massa, Paul Coles, Mark Sharman, Penny Dixon, Allison Whitelaw, Simon Wake, Denise Shrivell, Jane Schulze, Gillian Paton, Jane Nicholls, Peter Miller, Mark Kennedy, Brian Hill, Dean Gould, Charlton D’Silva, Heather Craven, Grant Booker, Ray Black
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