Stuff has enjoyed outstanding success at the country’s leading annual media awards, winning recognition for all aspects of its journalism including best news website, best newspaper, digital innovation, agenda-setting projects, in-depth reporting, breaking-news coverage and the best photography.

With a total of 23 wins at the Voyager Media Awards ceremony in Auckland on Friday night, Stuff was named Best News Website or app. The Sunday Star-Times won three awards including the coveted Voyager Newspaper of the Year, Weekly Newspaper of the Year and Best Newspaper Front Page.

 

The Sunday Star-Times won three awards including the coveted Voyager Newspaper of the Year, Weekly Newspaper of the Year and Best Newspaper Front Page.

 

The Waikato Times repeated its 2018 feat in being judged the best newspaper in the circulation up to 30,000 category, and The Press finished runner-up as the best newspaper (circulation over 30,000).

Alongside these significant accolades, Stuff journalists were prominent in the major reporting categories, and its investigative work and visual journalists enjoyed particular recognition.

On top of that, three editorial projects won major categories, and Stuff Editor in Chief Patrick Crewdson was honoured as New Zealand’s Editorial Executive of the Year. Crewdson was also awarded the coveted Wolfson Fellowship to Wolfson College in Cambridge – the highest personal accolade of the night.

 

Stuff Editor in Chief Patrick Crewdson was honoured as New Zealand’s Editorial Executive of the Year and was also awarded the Wolfson Fellowship to Wolfson College in Cambridge.

 

The breadth of the company’s successes reflected the tireless dedication and professionalism that the company’s journalists worked hard to deliver every day, Stuff Editorial Director Mark Stevens said.

Among the individual successes were:

  • Photographer of the Year jointly won by Braden Fastier of Nelson and Auckland-based Chris Skelton.
  • Feature Writer of the Year (long-form), awarded to Christchurch-based national correspondent Charlie Mitchell, who specialises in environmental reporting.
  • Sports Journalist of the Year to national correspondent Dana Johannsen.
  • Regional Journalist of the Year to Hamish McNeilly of Dunedin.
  • Community Journalist of the Year to Torika Tokalau of the Western Leader.
  • National correspondent Carmen Parahi runner-up Reporter of the Year.

The Sunday Star-Times successes in the Newspaper categories include awards for Best Front Page and Best Weekly Newspaper, as well as the Voyager Newspaper of the Year. The judges said the paper had a “stellar” 2018. “It outshone its rivals by breaking a series of stories that set the national news agenda, dominated public discourse and held authority to account.” That included the paper breaking the Karel Sroubek story and its important part in Stuff’s #MeToo project.

In awarding Stuff the Best News Website or App award, the judges said the website “leads New Zealand journalism sites with its innovation and creativity”. They highlighted its excellence in project work, including Quick – Save the Planet (climate change), NZ Made/Nā Nīu Tīreni (the history of Treaty breaches) and #MeToo.

Stuff demonstrated its strength in team and project work, dominating those categories.

Stuff Circuit – the world-class investigative team of Paula Penfold, Eugene Bingham, Toby Longbottom and Phil Johnson – once again achieved awards recognition, this year winning the Best Innovation in Digital Storytelling award for Caught, its video-led investigation into slavery on the high seas and to uncover whether fish tainted by those practices ends up in New Zealand.

 

Stuff’s world-class investigative team Stuff Circuit won Best Innovation in Digital Storytelling award for Caught.

 

An investigative series into the Department of Corrections’ use of motels to house recently released sex-offenders – a team project led by senior investigative journalist Blair Ensor and national correspondent Tony Wall – was named best team investigation.

And the prize for Best Editorial Project or Campaign went to Made in New Zealand/Nā Nīu Tīreni. This major interactive project traced the history of the Treaty of Waitangi and the vast scope of breaches of it since it was signed in 1840.

 

Best Editorial Project or Campaign went to Made in New Zealand/Nā Nīu Tīreni.

 

The exceptional quality of Stuff’s visual journalism was reflected in its domination of the Photography categories, winning five of the six categories.

In the Reporting categories, Stuff’s success was led by Charlie Mitchell. Besides his feature writing award, he picked up the Environmental/Sustainability Reporting Award and was joint runner-up for Science and Technology.

Editorial Director Mark Stevens said society needed trusted journalism more than ever and, globally, it was a pivotal time for the industry.

“These awards are an opportunity for us to celebrate our journalism and to demonstrate its value,” Stevens said.

“We’re proud to deliver unrivalled, impartial and probing coverage of the stories, issues and personalities that are important to New Zealanders.”

 

Check out the full list of Stuff’s 2019 Voyager Media Awards wins below