Online Media Awards 2012: The shortlist - Press Gazette

Online Media Awards 2012: The shortlist

The Times leads the way at this year's Online Media Awards after being shortlisted for 15 prizes including best national news website.

Other nominees include Mail Online, Channel 4, The Guardian, BBC, The Sunday Times and the Wall Street Journal.

While this year's shortlist features global names such as Yahoo, Washington Post and the New York Times, the awards will also recognise regional and niche sites with the likes of the Manchester Evening News, Wales Online, Bristol 24/7,, Nursing Times and Company Magazine competing for awards.

Press Gazette has been shortlisted for five awards: best campaigning/investigative journalism website, best specialist site for journalism, best use of social media, digital writer of the year (Andrew Pugh) and online editor of the year (Dominic Ponsford).

Judges on the 20-strong international panel included Nick Blunden, global managing director and publisher at The Economist online; Bill Hagerty, editor of British Journalism Review; Maria Eftimiades, the former New York bureau chief at People magazine; Maggie Hall, former editor/writer for Daily Mirror, Today, the Sunday Mail; Paul Linford, publisher and editor of HoldtheFrontPage, and David Mill, former editor online editor of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail.

The awards, now in their second year, are organised by The Drum and supported by Press Association, Society of Editors, the NUJ and Hold the Front Page.

Gordon Young, editor of The Drum, said: "This year's nominations truly reflect the rapid development and investment in the online side of the newspaper publishing business. They provide strong evidence that publishers are really beginning to understand the online dynamic."

'The standard and variety of entries has been extremely high and this has ensured a high octane shortlist. Our judges really have had their work cut out in terms of deciding who will pick up the prestigious awards in June."

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Emirates Stadium in London on Thursday 21 June.

Here is the full shortlist for this year's awards:

Website of the Year (Grand Prix)

Announced at the Awards ceremony in June.

Chairman's Awards

Chosen by the chairman of the judging panel, Noel Young as his personal favourite and announced at the awards ceremony in June.

Best Brand Development


For Student Nursing Times

The Times

Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism

Exaro News

International Business Times UK

Press Gazette

The Sunday Times

The Times

Best Commentary/Blogging

Channel 4 News

For FactCheck

The Huffington Post UK

New Statesman

Reuters Breakingviews

Trinity Mirror Regionals

For Dale Street Associates

The Times

Best Commercial Innovation

Mindful Money

Newsquest South west London

For School Correspondents

The Times

Best Designed site

Red Online

The Sunday Times

Thomson Reuters Foundation

For AlertNet – The World's Humanitarian News Site

The Times

For The Times iPad app

Trinity Mirror Regionals

For WalesOnline

Best Local/Regional News Site


Manchester Evening News

Northcliffe Digital


Best National News Site

The Guardian

The Sunday Times

The Times

Best Site for news-led Journalism

BBC News website

Los Angeles Times

The Guardian

Mail Online

New York Times

Sky News

The Sun

The Sunday Times


The Times

Wall St Journal

Washington Post

Best Specialist Site for Journalism


The Economist

Financial Times

Guardian Datastore

International Network of Street Papers

Nature News and comment

Press Gazette


Reuters Breakingviews

Red Online

Best Technical Innovation

The Guardian

For iPad edition

Financial Times for FT web app

Newsquest South west London for Croydon Guardian e-Xtra

The Times for The Times Word Nerd

Best Twitter feed

BBC News

For @BBCBreaking

Comic Relief for @sportrelief

The Guardian for Paul Lewis @paullewis

Nature Publishing Group For @NatureNews

Yahoo! For @YahooOmgUK

The Times for @timesfashion

The Sunday Times for @TheSTStyle

Best Use of Crowd Sourcing or Citizen Journalism

BBC News website for BBC UGC hub for Syria protests

Blottr for the people powered news service

The Guardian for Guardian coverage of the England riots

Mindful Money

The Times for The Times' Cities Fit for Cycling

Best use of Photography

The Times

The Sunday Times

Best Use of Social Media

AOL Huffington Post Media Group

Company Magazine

The Guardian

Press Gazette


South Wales Argus

The Times

Best Video Journalism

BBC News

IOP Publishing

For Physics World

Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Times

The Sunday Times

Digital Writer of the Year

Andrew Pugh, Press Gazette

Murad Ahmed, The Times

Online Editor of the Year

Ananyo Bhattacharya, Chief Online Editor, Nature News & Comment

Carla Buzasi, Editor-in-chief, AOL Huffington Post Media Group

Carrie Tyler, Editor,

Dominic Ponsford, Editor, Press Gazette

Gordon Thomson, Editor, The Sunday Times

Jon Bernstein, Deputy Editor, New Statesman

Tom Whitwell, Online Editor, The Times

Steve Herrmann, Editor, BBC News website