It’s time to reveal the finalists for The Drum Online Media Awards 2019.
According to our judging panel of industry heavyweights, applicants showed strong innovation, more social change for good, time and care when matching campaigns to categories, granularity of detail and demonstrating true tangible impact beyond vanity figures.
This year’s panel includes: Richard Hammond founder of Chimp Media; Melissa Chapman, chief content officer at Jungle Creations; Chris Sutcliffe of Media Voices; Jane Wolfson, chief agency officer at Hearst UK and Matt Roper, editor of Mobile and Online at BBC Scotland News.
“I have been blown away with the standard of entries and the granularity of detail the applications provided,” said Chapman. “It's becoming more and more important to demonstrate true tangible impact beyond vanity figures and so it's really exciting to see this type of result.”
For Sutcliff, the personal categories like journalist and editor of the year were incredibly hard to judge.
He explained: “Each and every entry showed a level of intelligent thinking about the brand and a passion for journalism that made it very difficult to set any apart from the others. Each entrant for those categories should be extremely proud.
“The predominantly visual entries, too, demonstrated that online media are increasingly ambitious when it comes to creating work that is both beautiful and informative.”
The finalists for Journalist of the Year are: Asad Hashim of Al Jazeera; Claudia Tanner of i News; Kieran Guilbert of Thomson Reuters Foundation; Kiran Moodley of Channel Four News; Kit Chellel of Bloomberg; Serina Sandhu of i News and Tom McTague of Politico;
Another stand out category is Editorial Campaign of the Year. “This type of campaign is essential for delivering important messages and when done well can really effect change,” expressed Chapman. “Because this space is so competitive it really pushes publishers to do their best work in order to stand out. I saw a lot that I wanted to add to the shortlist, which is a sign of a strong category.”
Shortlisted for Editorial Campaign of the Year is: CNN.com's As Equals, Channel Four News' The Windrush Generation: Fighting to Be British, i News' Life on Universal Credit, The Evening Standard's Aids Free campaign, The Independent's Final Say and Vice Media's Recognise Me.
For Wolfson, Commercial Team of the Year was impressed with the quality of entries as many areas in this specialist category demonstrated the importance of niche and passion point websites. She added: “Plus what an amazing number of great commercial content campaigns that we have to showcase, some brilliant work being done around the industry. It was great to see so much creativity.”
In the running for Commercial Team of the Year are: Haymarket Automotive Studio, Jungle Creations and Spotify Ltd.
Partners of the awards are Press Association.