Best of the Week

Newsroom among the media heavyweights

Newsroom.co.nz features prominently in this year's list of finalists for the national media awards.

Newsroom, which launched just over a year ago, has been shortlisted for one of the top awards, Website of the Year, as well as the Best News Site and, for investigations editor Melanie Reid, Reporter of the Year.

As well, Newsroom journalists are in contention for Voyager Media Awards for:

Best Team Investigation (for our expose on caged eggs being sold as free range)

Best Investigation (the revelations over former National MP Todd Barclay and a secret payment to his staff member)

Best Campaign (highlighting the Family Court's ordering 'without notice uplifts' of children by the police)

Best Single Story (Barclay, Melanie Reid)

Best Single Story (disclosures of the official story behind the Gloriavale commune, Morgan Tait)

Junior Reporter of the Year (Farah Hancock)

Student Reporter of the Year (Baz MacDonald)

Best opinion writing, business, (Thomas Coughlan)

Senior health journalism scholarship (Teuila Fuatai)

Junior health journalism scholarship (Sasha Borissenko)

Best sports feature writing (Suzanne McFadden)

Best sports feature writing (Steve Deane)

Best political journalist (Tim Murphy)

Plus our environment and science editor Eloise Gibson is a finalist in the award for Science and Technology journalism for work done as a freelancer for The Listener magazine.

Newsroom's nomination for Website of the Year pits us against the media industry's biggest digital heavyweights, nzherald.co.nz and stuff.co.nz, both with unique audiences each month of close to two million readers to our current 90,000.

The Herald team dominates finalist nominations with five of seven in the Reporter of the Year category, two of the five editorial campaigns, two of the five contenders for editorial executive of the year, and three of the six best campaigns. Stuff dominates the field for best team investigation, with four of the six, is nominated for two of the six best single story finalist spots and two of the five for best innovation in digital storytelling.

Other outlets among the 330 finalists in 68 categories include TVNZ, RNZ and Newshub from the traditional broadcasters and popular culture site the Spinoff, website Vice, Bauer magazines' North and South, The Listener and noted.co.nz, the NBR and independent newspaper titles.

The winners of the awards are announced on May 11.

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