Stuff is celebrating a slew of wins at the country’s leading media awards, with journalists across New Zealand recognised for excellence in journalism. Stuff picked up 19 wins across the 66 categories, including the coveted Reporter of the Year, Editorial Executive of the Year, and Voyager Newspaper of the Year, among others.
Stuff’s #MetooNZ Editor Alison Mau was crowned Reporter of the Year, while Pou Tiaki Editor Carmen Parahi picked up Editorial Executive of the Year.
Judges praised Mau for her contribution to New Zealand’s social improvement in 2020.
“Alison Mau is leading the exposure of sexual harassment. Alison Mau’s revelations concerning two well-known figures in New Zealand’s academic life were fearless, determined pursuits that deserve the highest commendation.”
Best Editorial Campaign or Project went to Stuff’s Our Truth: Tā Mātou Pono, spearheaded by Carmen Parahi. Judges called it “courageous” and said the work eclipsed every other entry with the depth of its apology for racism towards Māori in Aotearoa.
The Weekend Press was crowned Voyager Newspaper of the Year and Weekly Newspaper of the Year. The Press, which celebrated its 160th birthday this week, also picked up Metropolitan Newspaper of the Year and Best Newspaper Front Page.
Judges hailed The Press as “a clear winner” with its finger on the pulse of an evolving Canterbury community. “It is a comprehensive, substantial, diverse and thoughtfully edited paper and is closely attuned to its community and their interests.”
In a year where news centred squarely around Covid-19, Stuff’s Charlie Mitchell won Science Journalist of the Year and reporter Cecile Meier picked up the nib Health Journalism Scholarship – Senior.
Stuff was also recognised for expertise in video. Best Documentary/Series went to the synchronously heart-wrenching and heartwarming story Emma, by Stuff Circuit. Judges said it was the runaway winner with world-class storytelling, well-considered production values, a riveting original storyline and a charismatic central character.
Video Journalist Iain McGregor was named Video Journalist of the year, with his stories described as “beautifully crafted, every frame intentional”, and “truly exceptional work” by the judges.
Editorial Director Mark Stevens says being recognised in Stuff’s first year back in New Zealand ownership demonstrates the strength of Stuff’s commitment to trustworthy local journalism.
“The work that has been honoured this evening has had a real, positive impact on society. We’re proud to give a voice to all New Zealanders and shine a light on the stories that matter to all of us.”
Stuff’s 2021 Voyager Media Awards Winners:
Editorial Executive of the Year
Reporter of the Year
Science Journalist of the Year
Best Editorial Campaign or Project
Our Truth: Tā Mātou Pono
Best Reporting – Environment
Best Reporting – Travel
Voyager Newspaper of the Year
The Weekend Press
Metropolitan Newspaper of the Year
Weekly Newspaper of the Year
The Weekend Press
Best Newspaper Front Page
Feature Writer of the Year (long-form)
Best Feature Writing – Social Issues, including Health and Education
Florence Kerr – Tame Iti
Video Journalist of the Year
Stuff Circuit – Emma
Best Feature Video
Abigail Dougherty – The Mystery of Mrs Muir
Best Photography – Features, including Portraits, Fashion, Food and Architecture
Best Photography – Junior
nib Health Journalism Scholarship – Senior