The Evening Standard and Channel 4 conquer The Drum Online Media Awards 2019

The Evening Standard and Channel 4 conquer The Drum Online Media Awards 2019

Channel Four and the Evening Standard have taken home a combined eight awards at The Drum Online Media Awards 2019.

Including the coveted Grand Prix, the Evening Standard’s AIDS free appeal snapped up Editorial Campaign of the Year. It challenged the stigma around HIV and won commitments from leaders, including the UK government, to do more to eradicate the AIDS epidemic.

Raising £3.26m in just two months to support the work of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, it became the company's most successful Christmas campaign.

The publisher also won National News Site of the Year and Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site.

Another big win comes from Channel 4 for Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism. Over four months in 2019, Channel 4 News carried out an undercover investigation into the company credited with putting Donald Trump into the White House, Cambridge Analytica. The extraordinary footage was released in a series of digital-first premieres and an entire investigation into 'Data, Democracy and Dirty Tricks'.

Judge and digital editor of the New Statesman, Jasper Jackson said: "Channel 4 delivered new revelations about one of the most important topics today – the impact of data-hoarding web firms like Facebook on our social and democratic structures.

"Dedicated undercover reporting drew out shocking claims from the people running the now notorious firm Cambridge Analytica that helped drive public awareness of how their data could be used by people seeking to sway public opinion and influence elections.

"The combination of new and old reporting tactics to advance and explain a huge story make Channel 4 a worthy winner."

Channel 4 also won: Video Team of the Year, Content Creator of the Year and Editor of the Year.

UK-based online newspaper marketed to the LGBT+ community, Pink News won Specialist Website of the Year. The outlet reaches over 30m unique users every month and in 2018 the site became more diverse its content to represent all the letters within LGBT+.

Melissa Chapman, chief content officer of Jungle Creations and member of the judging panel was impressed by the growth they'd seen in such a short amount of time.

She said: "They have essentially been able to own the majority UK LGBTQ+ market share on Snap. Additionally, they've made Snap a profitable venture for them, which many other publishers struggle with. Especially given the size of their business compared to other entries."

Other winners include: BBC World Service English for Outstanding Digital Team of the Year, Channel 4 for Video Team of the Year, Expressen TV for B2C Editorial Team of the Year, Spotify for Commercial Team of the Year, ITV News Central for Breaking News Story of the Year and Vice Media for Best Video Journalism.

A full list of winners can be found here. Register your interest for 2020 now.

Sponsors of these awards are the Press Association and Winmo.

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