Johnston Press chief Ashley Highfield to chair this year’s Online Media Awards, as nominations are announced

Johnston Press chief Ashley Highfield to chair this year’s Online Media Awards, as nominations are announced

Johnston Press chief executive Ashley Highfield will chair this year’s Online Media Awards, which will see publishers and broadcasters such as BuzzFeed News and ITV compete to be rewarded for their endeavors over the last 12 months.

The awards, now in its seventh year, include nominations from all corners of the media industry, with editors all the way through to photographers hailed for their achievements during a momentous 2016.

Among those up for awards will be those nominated for Outstanding Digital Team of the Year, which will be contested by some of the country’s best journalists at titles including Al Jazeera English, Channel 4, Global Radio’s LBC, ITV and The Independent.

The evening’s other hotly contested award will be for the Online Editor of the Year, which sees The Independent’s Christian Broughton, iNews’ Felicity Morse, Channel 4 News’ Jon Laurence and more go head to head.

All eyes on the night will also be on who scoops the Breaking News Story of the Year, which has come down to six titles including Bloomberg’s coverage of Brexit and ITV Central’s reporting on a wall collapse that left five dead.

Highfield said: "The Drum Online Media Awards shine a light on the media industry’s boldest and most original digital pioneers and celebrate talent from around the world - it's an honour to be a part of that. The calibre of entries has been incredibly high - making judging particularly tough - and I’m looking forward to seeing the final results in June.”

To see the full list of nominations click here.

The event will take place on Thursday 1 June and is backed by British Journalism Review, The Handbook, National Union of Journalists, Press Association, Parsely and TINT.

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