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World Digital Media Awards Honour 'Best of the Best'

October 20, 2014

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) honoured eight news media companies on Tuesday with the inaugural World Digital Media Awards, which recognise publishers who have created ground breaking digital products that engage readers while increasing their online business.

The first edition of the awards, presented Tuesday in a ceremony during the 7th Tablet & App Summit at the World Publishing Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was open to winners of WAN-IFRA's European Digital Media Awards and Asian Digital Media Awards. Other regions will be added in coming years.

"The awards aim to be no less than the most prestigious competition in the industry for publishers to benchmark their digital offerings," said Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA. "As news publishers re-invent themselves, it is essential to recognise, and learn from, media that are finding outstanding, innovative ways to demonstrate the opportunities that digital provides. WAN-IFRA serves as a network to bring news media innovators together, and these Global Awards play a big role in that mission."

The 2014 winners include:

Best News Website: The Guardian - Guardian News & Media
Best Digital Advertising Campaign: General Election - Kleine Zeitung
Best Use of Online Video: How to put a human on Mars - BBC News
Best Data Visualisation Project: Null CTRL - Dagbladet
Best Mobile Service: Apple Daily NGA - Apple Daily
Best in Tablet Publishing: The Age - Fairfax Media
Best Reader Engagement: World Chess Championship 2013 - Verdens Gang
Best Outstanding New Product: - Verdens Gang

WAN-IFRA’s regional and world Digital Media Awards are part of the organisation's annual digital media conferences, which have become a referent in the digital publishing industry. More than 1,200 delegates from around the globe attending the Digital Media Europe (DME), Digital Media Asia (DMA), Digital Media India (DMI) and Digital Media Latinoamérica (DML) editions last year. This DMx network of events makes it one of the most relevant international business platforms dedicated to the transformation of the news media industry.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.

Inquiries to: Raquel Devís, Programme Producer, WAN-IFRA, Rotfeder-Ring 11, Frankfurt, 60327, Germany. Tel: +49 1629012303,

For more information contact:
Larry Kilman
Secretary General
Phone: 33-147428507

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