The Hindu, News Laundry among Wan-Ifra winners

2024 Digital Media Awards Worldwide

Wan-Ifra's annual Digital Media Awards Worldwide acknowledge excellence and groundbreaking digital innovation across a range of categories that recognize the changing way people receive and engage with news. The winning projects inspire the industry to push the boundaries of innovation and excellence.

The winners of Wan-Ifra’s annual Digital Media Awards Worldwide, recognizing outstanding achievements in digital media by the news industry, were announced in Copenhagen on 27 May during a ceremony at the 75th World News Media Congress.

These awards acknowledge excellence and groundbreaking digital innovation across a range of categories that recognize the changing way people receive and engage with news. The winning projects inspire the industry to push the boundaries of innovation and excellence. The 2024 Digital Media Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments across twelve categories

To qualify, finalists must first win their category at the regional level of the Digital Media Awards, held this past year in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and South Asia.

The independent judges awarded the following companies and projects, from five continents, as winners of the 2024 Digital Media Awards Worldwide.

Best use of AI in revenue strategy

Ekstra Bladet, JP/Politikens Hus, Denmark: Platform Intelligence in News (PIN) “Brilliant. Deep, mature and well presented project. This is it: AI done well. Solid, well thought venture of a serious business into dangerous territory. So much to be learned: applause.”

Best use of AI in the newsroom

Russmedia, Austria: Russmedia meets AI “Russmedia has created a comprehensive integration of AI across its newsroom workflows that is impressive in scale while at the same time being sensitive to editorial responsibilities. The approach was well thought through, thorough and transparent. They have thought about how to future proof their integrations while also bringing staff along for the journey.”

Best digital subscription/reader revenue project

United Daily News Group, Taiwan: Cracking the Code: How Our Homegrown Data-Driven Curation Program Reshaped Subscription Growth “From value of news content to newsroom transformation to fulfilling business needs, United Daily News Group has shown its competency to make this project a great success with data-driven curation approach reshaping subscription growth.”

Best in audience engagement

The Hindu Group, India: The Hindu Made of Chennai “An amazing project connecting people and the city via comprehensive touch points across various media. A testament of how powerful a media platform could be when it’s used in a very creative way!”

Suresh Balakrishna, chief revenue officer of The Hindu Group said, “The award for Made of Chennai highlights the city’s deep affection for The Hindu. I would like to thank Wan-Ifra and applaud their efforts for bringing to the fore some of the best efforts from across the globe.”

Best innovative digital product

News Laundry Media Private Limited, India: Newslaundry App “Digital audiences are expecting user centric products and experiences that match their current consumption habits at other apps. This is a great case that confirms how important it is to prioritize ’product’ strategies and not only ’pricing’ strategies, when we move to subscription based models.”

Best native advertising campaign

Bonnier News, Sweden: The Swedish Heart Lung Foundation “This strategy showcases a combination of creativity, innovation, and tangible results. Not only did it succeed in increasing donations, but it also raised awareness with an impact on public health. Undoubtedly, a success story that stands out in Swedish society.”

Best news website

Amedia, Norway: ALT – a Norwegian one stop shop for personalized news content “The value proposition is very interesting. With just one subscription you can access different newspapers.”

Best newsletter

The Guardian, USA: Reclaim Your Brain ”Reclaim Your Brain” from The Guardian is a transformative experience that guides readers toward a healthier relationship with their devices. Like a path unfolding step by step, each edition cleverly connects to the next, enriching the journey towards digital mindfulness. Blending humour with evidence-based advice, this newsletter not only captures attention but empowers readers to control their mobile usage. Behind each issue, there is extensive research and expertise, making complex concepts accessible and applicable day by day.”

Best podcast

Food For Mzansi Group, South Africa: Farmer’s Inside Track “Good targeted content, and concise storytellling.”

Best use of video

South China Morning Post, Hong Kong: SCMP Films “This series is excellent. Each episode tells a compelling story, and they are tightly narrated. The quality of both the video and audio is excellent.”

Best data visualization

Reuters, USA: How fentanyl replaced heroin and hooked America “The transitions of the illustrations from the most understandable data to the least manageable figures create an attraction towards storytelling that is extremely difficult to achieve.”

Best fact-checking project

Agence France Presse (AFP), Global: AFP Fact Check: how to verify information online “This initiative goes beyond just delivering fact-checked content but shows how fact-checking is done and demonstrates how to use the tools and techniques. The examples used in the videos are real cases from different parts of the world and the explanations given by the journalists are clear and easy-to-follow. This can be a great resource for fact-checkers, trainers and ordinary people who want to learn how to do fact-checking by themselves.”

In 2024, we are looking at full recovery and growth-led investment in Indian printing

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. It created the category of privately owned B2B print magazines in the country. And by its diversification in packaging, (Packaging South Asia), food processing and packaging (IndiFoodBev) and health and medical supply chain and packaging (HealthTekPak), and its community activities in training, research, and conferences (Ipp Services, Training and Research) the organization continues to create platforms that demonstrate the need for quality information, data, technology insights and events.

India is a large and tough terrain and while its book publishing and commercial printing industry have recovered and are increasingly embracing digital print, the Indian newspaper industry continues to recover its credibility and circulation. The signage industry is also recovering and new technologies and audiences such as digital 3D additive printing, digital textiles, and industrial printing are coming onto our pages. Diversification is a fact of life for our readers and like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

India is one of the fastest growing economies in nominal and real terms – in a region poised for the highest change in year to year expenditure in printing equipment and consumables. Our 2024 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock – to emphasize your visibility and relevance to your customers and turn potential markets into conversations.

– Naresh Khanna

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