Canon media awards

The Canon Media Awards were handed out last night.

NZ Herald reports: NZME’s clean sweep at the Canon Media Awards

If they got a clean sweep then there’s not much point in saying anything about them. Except that I would suggest that that headline at the Herald doesn’t win any awards.

Clean sweep: “the winning of all the prizes, rounds, contests, etc., in a competition…”

I see that While NZ herald and other NZME media won quite a few awards, including Best Newspaper of the Year and Best Weekly Newspaper of the Year, but I also see Newshub, The Press and the Dominion Post, RNZ and others so it can’t have been a clean sweep.

Best headline: Matthew Dallas, Manawatu Standard – they are Fairfax, not NZME, so not the Herald headline writer.

Of course NZME and Fairfax are going to dominate because they own most of the media. From Regulator set to rule on Fairfax, NZME merger:

If the merger is allowed, what would the combined company own?

The Stuff and NZ Herald websites, almost all of the country’s major newspapers with the exception of The Otago Daily Times, a raft of community newspapers and magazines, and about half the country’s commercial radio stations, including Newstalk ZB, The Hits and ZM.

So they should dominate any awards. And they will inevitably write a proud story or two about how great they are – but they shouldn’t claim clean sweeps when they don’t get them.

Here are all the Canon Media Award winners, and also the 2017 finalists.

I’ll just focus on the Digital Award section.

Best Blog Site: Villainesse
Best News Website or App: Newshub
Website of the Year: NZ Herald

One out of three to NZME, not a clean sweep there.

So well done to Lizzie Marvelly with her win. Can’t say I have read it so don’t know what it’s like. Alexa ranks it as the 9,282nd most popular website in New Zealand (NZ Herald is 10th and Newshub 74th).

What was the competition like? The other finalists were Public Address (6,423) and The Spinoff parents (a part of The Spinoff at 270th).

Public Address won last year. Villianesse was also a finalist then, along with The Pantograph Punch.

I don’t think they win on their popularity.

The judges don’t have any specialist bloggers, the only blog mention is Tim Watkins who is from traditional media but also blogs at Pundit.

How do you get considered for an award? You have to enter.

What are the criteria for judging? I have no idea.

So the winners are the best of those who entered, and are then chosen by the judges. I can’t find any indication of how many entries they got.

If you are proud of your blog and like going to award nights and getting awards if you’re lucky then the Canon awards may be for you.

But when two companies dominate media in New Zealand, and blogs that most people won’t know exist, then they probably aren’t that big a deal.


  1. We all know just how important it is that our news is not prisoner to agreed editorial slants such as those that dominate the MSM in the USA. God forbid that we follow their example!! However, to be honest, I think we are already past te point of having any news media that has real integrity in its reportage. Our academic journalism institutions need to be cleansed like the legendary stables, the are so full of S**t!

  2. John Schmidt

     /  May 20, 2017

    Lizzie Marvelly beat Cameron Slater, I guess we will not be reading that on Whaleoil. That must have hurt.

    • PDB

       /  May 20, 2017

      From memory Slater stopped putting Whaleoil in for consideration after he won his canon award.

  3. Blazer

     /  May 20, 2017

    pretty impressive list of judges…great credentials.

    • Sally

       /  May 21, 2017

      Michael Field shouldn’t even have a job after leaving Fairfax after his disgraceful and expensive defamation of Stephen Jennings, let alone be a judge in this competition.