12 finalists in COVID-19 category for INMA Global Media Awards

About 98 entries were submitted for the COVID-19 category

INMA Global Media Awards
INMA Global Media Awards

The finalists in the INMA Global Media Awards’ bonus category rewarding outstanding initiatives in response to the COVID-19 crisis have been announced.

The just-in-time bonus category reflects structured initiatives by media companies to inspire community and engagement during today’s pandemic. Initiatives packaged under news brands aim to bring communities together, provide hope, lift spirits, encourage interactivity, inspire trust, and do good.

Some 98 entries were submitted for the COVID-19 category launched in April. From that, Global Media Awards judges selected 12 finalists — six from national/international companies and six from local/regional companies.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is the ‘trust moment’ for news media brands, and the entries submitted for this bonus INMA category redefine what ‘inspiration’ and ‘hope’ mean,” said Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of the International News Media Association (INMA). “Feedback from the judges has been that this was one of the toughest assignments ever and that every entry truly is a winner.”

INMA has made all 98 entries available in the association’s Best Practices archive. The INMA Global Media Awards competition rewards innovation in building news brands, platform excellence, audience development, advertising sales, and nurturing corporate culture.

The bonus COVID-19 category brings the total number of entries to the 2020 competition to 922. From 185 finalists, first-place winners will be announced Tuesday, June 2, in an international broadcast by INMA.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Local/regional brands

1. Göteborgs-Posten, Gothenburg, Sweden, “GP Loves Gothenburg”

2. HLN, Antwerp, Belgium, “Tour de Flanders Against Corona”

3. Jutarnji list, Zagreb, Croatia, “Coloring Book: Color Your Quarantine Days”

4. Rashtradoot, Jaipur, India, “Stand Tall With Rashtradoot”

5. Russmedia, Schwarzach, Austria, “#vorarlberghältzusammen” (VoralbergSticksTogether)

6. La Voz de Galicia, A Coruna, Spain, “We Are Your Voice”

National/international brands

1. The Big Issue, London, United Kingdom, “The Big Issue”

2. CNN, New York, United States, “CNN 411: Coronavirus Information and Local Resources”

3. The Hindu, Chennai, India, “Stay Home — Stay Vigilant”

4. Onet, Warsaw, Poland, “How to #Stayathome and Not Go Crazy?”

5. The Straits Times, Singapore, “Making Sense of the Pandemic for Young Readers”

6. The Telegraph, London, United Kingdom, “You Are Not Alone”

INMA Webinar on 25 May with Pratyush Ranjan of Jagran New Media

Meanwhile, on 25 May INMA will organize a webinar with Pratyush Ranjan, senior editor of India’s Jagran New Media, to gain insights into combating fake news especially in the context of COVID-19 with information on emerging patterns, institutional frameworks, role of the government and social media and way forward for publishers in India. The webinar will take place from 4:30pm to 5:30pm Indian Standard Time.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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