INMA unveils 60 winners for 2022 Global Media Awards

Eight companies won multiple first-place awards

INMA has announced 60 first-place recipients in its 2022 Global Media Awards competition
INMA has announced 60 first-place recipients in its 2022 Global Media Awards competition Photo credit: INMA

The International News Media Association (INMA) announced 60 first-place recipients in its 2022 Global Media Awards competition, with The Miami Herald’s ‘House of Cards’ taking the coveted global ‘Best in Show’.

During a ceremony broadcast across INMA’s website, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Facebook live, 60 winners were unveiled across 20 categories aimed at surfacing innovation and best practices in news brands, optimizing the use of media platforms, subscriptions, and advertising, data and insights, product, and newsroom.

The INMA Global Media Awards competition (#GMA2022) announcement was supported by the Google News Initiative.

Winning the coveted ‘Best in Show’ was The Miami Herald’s ‘House of Cards’, a meticulous journalistic investigation of the Champlain Towers South collapse and its multimedia representation which involved witness testimonials of the tragedy.

The INMA competition, which has been rewarding media excellence since 1937, evaluates news media companies across three segments – national brands, regional brands, and media groups.

Eight companies won multiple first-place awards. Schibsted, across its brands in Norway, took home six top prizes, followed by Stuff from New Zealand with three first prizes. Six companies garnered two first places – Bennett, Coleman & Company, Dagens Næringsliv, Hindustan Times, Newsday Media Group, NZME, and Reach.

The 2022 Global Media Awards competition garnered a record 854 entries from 252 news media brands in 46 countries. Participants included newspaper media, magazine media, digital media, television media, and radio media.

An international jury of 50 executives from 24 countries selected 332 finalists earlier this year. Judges also selected the best in six world regions from the finalists. 

Top 6 finalists for 2022 Global Media Awards

  • Best in Africa – Media24 Group for ‘City Press and ABSA Money Make Over’
  • Best in Asia/Pacific – Stuff for ‘Switch On Your Superpower – Premium Stuff’
  • Best in Europe – Guardian News and Media for ‘Growing Awareness of the Original Challenger Brand – How The Guardian Celebrated 200 Years’
  • Best in Latin America: Editora Globo for ‘O Globo LGBTQIAP+’
  • Best in North America – The Miami Herald for ‘House of Cards’
  • Best in South Asia – Jagran Prakashan for ‘When India Went Silent’

“While creativity in communicating subscriptions and engaging readers was a recurring theme this year, how to visually communicate a tragic news story rose to the very top in the judges’ minds,” said Earl J Wilkinson, executive director and chief executive officer of INMA. “Our association’s focus on the fullest range of creativity – brands, platforms, subscriptions, advertising, data, product, and newsroom really shines a light on innovation in news media.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels 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. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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