The Drum celebrated its annual Online Media Awards last night (7 June), with Quartz taking home the Chairman’s award for a combination of ‘beautiful design’, ‘thought-provoking content’ and effective distribution across third parties.
The Online Media Awards, now in its sixth year, identify the cleverest, boldest and most original purveyors of news and views from around the world.
Al Jazeera English swept the board, with its online site chosen as the Best Website of the Year, and senior editor of digital video Yasir Khan chosen as Online Editor of the Year.
Judges were torn between Vice News and Bloomberg for the Best National/World News Site category, so the two publishers were announced as joint winners.
Wired was commended for its writing, with UK assistant editor Oliver Franklin-Wallis winning Digital Writer of the Year. BuzzFeed News and BBC's original editorial The Tennis Racket, in which the publisher used betting data to investigate match-fixing in tennis, was chosen as Breaking News Story of the Year.
Meanwhile BBC Newsbeat took home the coveted Outstanding Digital Team of the Year for their work online and on air. BBC won elsewhere in the Awards, taking home Best Twitter Feed for BBC News Online’s @BBCBreaking.
Together with the Chairman’s award, Quartz won Best App and B2B Sales Team, a new award for 2016. Chair of the Judges, Carla Buzasi, outlined why she chose Quartz to win the Chairman’s award: "From the beautiful design of the site, through to genuinely through provoking content, Quartz is a news brand making huge headway with UK audiences.
"What set it apart from the also-rans when I was making my decision, however, was how qz.com has successfully integrated its content into so many different platforms - from Apple News, where I personally read it on every Tube journey, through to Facebook and LinkedIn.
"With its commendable commercial success in the past 12 months, coupled with ongoing platform innovation, and most importantly, excellent content, it was a clear winner."
A full list of the winners can be found on the dedicated website.
The Drum Online Media Awards 2016 were supported by iomart, Muck Rack, the Press Association, the British Journalism Review, The Drum Network and RAR.