African Digital Media Awards 2018 Finalists

WAN-IFRA has announced the finalists in the 2018 African Digital Media Awards ahead of the award ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month.

Media organisations from six different countries have been included in the shortlist, which includes three new categories for 2018.

Winners of the African Digital Media Awards are automatically entered into the World Digital Media Awards competition.

“We’ve been excited to see how the African Digital Media Awards have developed over the last 3 years. The quality has always been high — with some going on to beat all competition to a World Award. Fast forward to 2018 and we have a really good mix of grass roots startups as well as big players, and a superb jury.” said Nick Tjaardstra, Director Europe & Africa, WAN-IFRA.

The awards will be held at Capital on the Park Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg on 23 November 2018 in South Africa.

Category changes

The categories for Best News Website and the Best News Mobile Service have been merged into one – Best News Website or Mobile Service.

Three other categories have been introduced:

  • Best Reader Revenue Initiative: Recognises a new paid content initiative or marketing campaign, with the aim of increasing revenue from digital subscriptions or one-off purchases.
  • Best Branded Content Project: Recognises publishers or publisher-owned agencies creating branded content / native advertising.
  • Best Digital News Start-up: Recognises all independent news-related startups or larger news publishers launching new businesses or spin-offs.

This year’s finalists:

Best News Website or Mobile Service

  • Daily Kick – Soccer. News. Live Scoring,
  • Daily Maverick, South Africa Media Innovation Program
  • MAPARCHIVES.MA, Moroccan News Agency

Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Service

  • NairobiNews Website, Nation Media Group – Kenya
  • Daily Nation Sports Section, Nation Media Group – Kenya

Best Use of Online Video (including VR)

  • Mapping the Murder of Hannah Cornelius, Tiso Blackstar Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Hashtag Our Stories, South Africa Media Innovation Program
  • Ethiopian priest’s journey, British Broadcasting Corporation

Best Data Visualisation

  • Osun Elections in Nigeria, British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Kids in toxic stress, Media Trust (Daily Trust) – Nigeria
  • Digest – Economic Plans, Digest

Best Reader Revenue Initiative

  • Times Select, Tiso Blackstar Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Netwerk24’s Lifestyle migration,
  • Maverick Insider, South Africa Media Innovation Program

Best Branded Content Project

  • BRICS Media Forum South Africa, Independent Media
  • News24 Mzansi, through her eyes,
  • Just Delicious, Media24
  • Best Digital News Start-up
  • Business Insider South Africa,
  • Hashtag Our Stories, South Africa Media Innovation Program
  • Daily Kick – Soccer. News. Live Scoring,

Best in Social Media Engagement

  • LIT360, Nation Media Group – Kenya
  • Women’s Month #WeRemember, Independent Media
  • Hashtag Our Stories, South Africa Media Innovation Program
  • Anatomy of a killing, British Broadcasting Corporation
  • Best Digital Marketing Campaign
  • Connecting South Africans, Independent Media
  • Airtel Case Study, Nation Media Group – Kenya

Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences

  • Children’s Radio Foundation, South Africa Media Innovation Program
  • News24 Mandela100,
  • Hekayat Gameela (Gameela stories), medinaportal – Egypt
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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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