Herald Sun named News Brand of the Year as The Heart Foundation and News Corp’s Serial Killer sweeps the 2019 News Media Awards

The Herald Sun has been named News Brand of the Year and Daily News Brand of the Year, and been recognised with News Story of the Year for its reporting on Lawyer X, at the 2019 News Media Awards.

But the biggest cache of awards went to The Heart Foundation and News Corp Australia’s Serial Killer campaign which has seen great success since it ran earlier this year, winning a host of awards and getting heart health checks added to Medicare. The campaign won in five categories at the News Media Awards, including Best Execution of Print Advertising for a Client – national/metro.

The Serial Killer campaign swept the awards night, taking home wins in five categories

The News Media Awards seek to showcase and celebrate the best professionally generated news content, industry innovations and people driving the industry forward across news media publishing.

Commenting on the Herald Sun as recipient of News Brand of the Year, the judges said: “Every finalist in this category was at the top of their game, but the Herald Sun had the edge with its news-breaking exclusives, its ability to service readers across all platforms and its attention to digital growth.”

Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston [left] accepted the win for Daily News Brand of the Year with a rousing speech about press freedom

News Media Works CEO, Peter Miller, said: “I offer my sincere congratulations to all the winners in this year’s News Media Awards. Once again the calibre of entries and the significant commitment to innovation and editorial excellence demonstrated by our publishers has impressed the judging panel and made selecting winners a challenging process.

“The News Media Awards recognise excellence in the people, the products, the purpose and performance of news media brands today. Excellence that is a key driver of trust in our brands.”

Another of the big winners for the night was Nadja Fleet, editor-in-chief of Messenger Newspapers, who was named recipient of the Hegarty Award.

The Hegarty Scholarship was established in 1987 in honour of Patrick Hegarty, a former Executive Director of the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association (PANPA). Following his untimely death aged in his early 40s, the Scholarship was established to help nurture the next generation of media game-changers.

Worth $10,000 in travel entitlements the award may be used for international work experience and or study.

Journalist Anthony Dowsley accepted the award for News Story of the Year for Truth at Last – Lawyer X for the Herald Sun and his work uncovering the real identity of Lawyer X

The 2019 News Media Awards gala dinner was held in Sydney at the conclusion of the Inform 19 News Media Summit. The ceremony was attended by more than 350 people and hosted by The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel and Andrew Hansen. The winners were chosen from more than 500 entries across Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific.

The full list of winners can be found here.


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