Left to right: winner, winner, winner, winner, winner, winner, winner, winner, winner, winner.

Exclusive: The Spinoff wins everything at Voyager Media Awards 2018

As expected, every single award last night was won by the Spinoff, to universal acclaim.

In a glittering ceremony at the Auckland hotel which used to be glamorously known as the Langham but was recently renamed Cordis so that it sounds more like a provincial motor inn, the cream of New Zealand media gathered last night to celebrate the achievements of the Spinoff website.

Five awards were handed out, with Peter Wells winning the best first-person essay category for his contributions to the Spinoff, Duncan Greive taking the business opinion writing award for the Spinoff, Charlotte Grimshaw grabbing the reviewer of the year prize for the Spinoff, Simon Wilson the feature writing (lifestyle and arts) award for the Spinoff and Toby Morris the best artwork and graphics trophy for the Spinoff.

There were no other awards.

Seeby Woodhouse, inventor of the internet and sponsor of the awards, emerged through a ball of fire to a wild ovation. He was held aloft by the people and they did sing His name and pronounce Him their God.

Jacinda Ardern stood around, pregnantly.


DIGITAL

BEST INNOVATION IN DIGITAL STORYTELLING: RNZ.CO.NZ/GREAT SOUTHERN TV AND ANIMATION RESEARCH, NZ WARS: THE STORIES OF RUAPEKAPEKA
BEST NEWS WEBSITE OR APP: NZHERALD.CO.NZ
WEBSITE OF THE YEAR (JOINT): NEWSROOM.CO.NZ AND STUFF

FEATURE WRITING

FEATURE WRITING – BEST FIRST-PERSON ESSAY OR FEATURE: PETER WELLS, THE SPINOFF
FEATURE WRITING – SPORT: DANA JOHANNSEN NZ HERALD
FEATURE WRITING – BUSINESS AND/OR PERSONAL FINANCE: REBECCA MACFIE, NEW ZEALAND LISTENER
FEATURE WRITING – BEST FEATURE WRITER – JUNIOR: MIRJAM GUESGEN, VETSCRIPT MAGAZINE

FEATURE WRITING (LONG-FORM)

FEATURE WRITING – ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFESTYLE: SIMON WILSON, THE SPINOFF
FEATURE WRITING – HEALTH, EDUCATION AND/OR GENERAL: KIRSTY JOHNSTON, NZ HERALD
FEATURE WRITING – CRIME, JUSTICE AND / OR SOCIAL ISSUES: MIKE WHITE, NORTH & SOUTH
FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR: KATE EVANS, NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHIC AND NORTH & SOUTH

FEATURE WRITING (SHORT-FORM)

FEATURE WRITING – ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFESTYLE: GREG BRUCE, NZ HERALD
FEATURE WRITING  – HEALTH, EDUCATION AND/OR GENERAL: GREG BRUCE, NZ HERALD
FEATURE WRITING – CRIME, JUSTICE AND / OR SOCIAL ISSUES: DONNA-LEE BIDDLE, WAIKATO TIMES
FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR: TESS MCCLURE, VICE

GENERAL

BEST HEADLINE OR HOOK: TAYLOR SINCOCK, NEWSHUB
BEST ARTWORK/GRAPHICS (INCLUDING INTERACTIVE/MOTION GRAPHICS): TOBY MORRIS, THE SPINOFF AND THE WIRELESS
CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR: SHARON MURDOCH, THE PRESS, SUNDAY STAR- TIMES AND THE DOMINION POST
REVIEWER OF THE YEAR: CHARLOTTE GRIMSHAW NEW ZEALAND LISTENER AND THE SPINOFF
BEST TRADE/SPECIALIST PUBLICATION AND/OR WEBSITE: NZ RETAIL AND THEREGISTER.CO.NZ
NIB HEALTH JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP – JUNIOR: SASHA BORISSENKO, NEWSROOM.CO.NZ
GENERAL NIB HEALTH JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP – SENIOR: BARBARA FOUNTAIN, NEW ZEALAND DOCTOR
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AWARD (JOINT): DONNA CHISHOLM NORTH & SOUTH, NZ LISTENER AND KATE EVANS, NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHIC AND NORTH & SOUTH
ENVIRONMENTAL / SUSTAINABILITY AWARD: ISOBEL EWING, NEWSHUB
BEST EDITORIAL CAMPAIGN OR PROJECT: NZHERALD.CO.NZ – BREAK THE SILENCE
EDITORIAL EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR: MURRAY KIRKNESS, EDITOR, NZ HERALD
WOLFSON FELLOWSHIP: MATT NIPPERT, NZ HERALD

MAGAZINES

BEST MAGAZINE DESIGN: METRO MAGAZINE
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: NEW ZEALAND GEOGRAPHIC

NEWSPAPERS

BEST NEWSPAPER-INSERTED MAGAZINE: THE WEEKEND MIX
BEST NEWSPAPER FRONT PAGE: HAWKE’S BAY TODAY
COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR: MOUNTAIN SCENE
NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (UP TO 30,000 CIRCULATION): WAIKATO TIMES
NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (MORE THAN 30,000 CIRCULATION): THE PRESS
WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR: WEEKEND HERALD
VOYAGER NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR: WEEKEND HERALD

OPINION WRITING

OPINION WRITING – GENERAL AND/OR SPORT: LEAH MCFALL SUNDAY MAGAZINE, SUNDAY STAR-TIMES
OPINION WRITING – HUMOUR/SATIRE: DAVE ARMSTRONG, THE DOMINION POST
OPINION WRITING – BUSINESS AND/OR PERSONAL FINANCE: DUNCAN GREIVE, THE SPINOFF
OPINION WRITER OF THE YEAR: STEVE BRAUNIAS, NZ HERALD

PHOTOGRAPHY

BEST FEATURE/PHOTOGRAPHIC ESSAY: KENT BLECHYNDEN, SCOOP.CO.NZ
BEST PHOTOGRAPHY – GENERAL: JOHN BORREN, BAY OF PLENTY TIMES
BEST PHOTOGRAPHY – PORTRAIT: CHRIS SKELTON, THE PRESS
BEST PHOTOGRAPHY – SPORT: ANDREW CORNAGA, WWW.PHOTOSPORT.NZ
BEST PHOTOGRAPHY – NEWS: JOSEPH JOHNSON, THE PRESS
BEST PHOTO – JUNIOR: KAVINDA HERATH, THE SOUTHLAND TIMES
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: IAIN MCGREGOR, STUFF

REPORTING

REPORTER – ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND LIFESTYLE: HIKURANGI JACKSON, MARAE
REPORTER – HEALTH, EDUCATION AND/OR GENERAL: TONY WALL, STUFF
REPORTER – CRIME, JUSTICE AND/OR SOCIAL ISSUES: JARED SAVAGE, NZ HERALD
REPORTER – MAORI AFFAIRS: ORIINI KAIPARA, MAORI TELEVISION
BEST (SINGLE) NEWS STORY: MELANIE REID, NEWSROOM.CO.NZ – POLITICIANS, POLICE, AND THE PAYOUT
BEST INVESTIGATION: OLIVIA CARVILLE, NZ HERALD – WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN HEARTED
BEST TEAM INVESTIGATION: STUFF CIRCUIT – THE VALLEY, NEW ZEALAND’S WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
BEST COVERAGE OF A MAJOR NEWS EVENT: RNZ.CO.NZ – ELECTION 2017
BEST REPORTER – JUNIOR: NINA HINDMARSH, NELSON MAIL
STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: RUBY NYIKA, WAIKATO TIMES
COMMUNITY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: ROB DRENT, THE DEVONPORT FLAGSTAFF
REGIONAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: CARMEN HALL, BAY OF PLENTY TIMES
SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: DANA JOHANNSEN, NZ HERALD
BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: MATT NIPPERT, NZ HERALD
POLITICAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: AUDREY YOUNG, NZ HERALD
REPORTER OF THE YEAR: MELANIE REID, NEWSROOM.CO.NZ

VIDEOGRAPHY

BEST NEWS VIDEO: GEORGE HEARD, THE PRESS
BEST FEATURE VIDEO: TASHA IMPEY, RE:, TVNZ
BEST TEAM VIDEO – NEWS: 1 NEWS NOW – EDGECUMBE’S POOR FLOOD DEFENCES
BEST TEAM VIDEO – FEATURE: NZ HERALD – UNDER THE BRIDGE
BEST VIDEOGRAPHER – JUNIOR: JADEN MCLEOD, NZ HERALD LOCAL FOCUS
VIDEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (JOINT): ALEXANDER ROBERTSON, NZME/VERY NICE PRODUCTIONS AND MIKE SCOTT, NZ HERALD


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