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The Wire Wins 'Best News Startup', 'Best Use of Video' at South Asian Digital Media Awards 2019

The Hindu and The Wire are the only two news organisations to win two 'gold' awards on Tuesday.

New Delhi: The Wire received two awards – ‘Best News Startup of the Year’ and ‘Best Use of Video’ – at the South Asian Digital Media Awards 2019, on February 18 here.

The awards, which recognise publishers who have adopted digital media and mobile strategies to meet the major changes in how people consume news, were presented in several categories. Within each category, winners and two runners up were given gold, silver and bronze awards respectively.

Both of The Wire’s awards were ‘gold’. The ‘Best Use of Video’ honour was for its pre-Lok Sabha election show, Sadak ke Sansad.

Watch all the videos in the epic web-series here.

The Hindu and The Wire are the only two news organisations to win two gold awards on Tuesday. The awards saw more than 80 entries from more than 20 news companies, which were evaluated by an international jury.

Manoramaonline.com won the Best News Website of the Year Award. BBC News, NDTV Hop, Arre, Sangbad Pratidin, Prothom Alo, and The Hindu were among winners.

The awards were presented by WAN-IFRA.

The full list of winners is as follows:

1. Best Data Visualisation
Gold – BBC News – How many promises did the Narendra Modi government keep?
Silver – The Federal – Chandrayaan 2 mission
Bronze – Prothom Alo – Prothom Alo – Election Portal

2. Best Digital News Startup
Gold – Foundation for Independent Journalism – The Wire English
Silver – The Federal
Bronze – ETV Bharat

3. Best Digital Project to Engage Younger/Millennial Audience
Gold – NDTV Convergence – NDTV Hop
Silver – Sangbad Pratidin – Pujor Face – Augmented Reality Face Filters during Durga Puja
Bronze – BBC News – BBC’s Beyond Fake News Project

4. Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services
Gold – Arre
Silver – The Hindu – Sportstar

5. Best in Social Media Engagement
Gold – M M Publications Limited (Vanitha) – Ivide nalla vishesham campaign
Silver – BBC Media Action (India) Limited – #FlushKeBaad: A social media initiative for public awareness on faecal Sludge Management
Bronze – The Daily Star – Bangladesh in World Cup

6. Best Marketing Campaign for News Brand
Gold – The Hindu – #UnderMyWatch
Gold – Sangbad Pratidin – Pujor Face – Augmented Reality Face Filters during Durga Puja
Silver – ABP Pvt Ltd – Santanan Dehi
Bronze – Sangbad Pratidin – MaaClicks

7. Best Native Advertising / Branded Content Campaign
Gold – Prothom Alo – Alor Poth
Gold – ABP Pvt Ltd – Shusthyotar Jonyo
Silver – Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd – The Bold Brunch
Bronze – Times Network Digital – Jan Nivesh

8. Best News Website or Mobile Service
Gold – Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd – Manorama Online

Silver – Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd – Manorama Mobile
Bronze – Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd – The Quint

9. Best Paid Content Strategy
Gold – The Hindu – The Hindu+
Silver – Quintype – BQ Blue
Bronze – Vikatan – Appappo

10. Best Use of Online Video
Gold – Foundation for Independent Journalism – The Wire – Sadak Se Sansad
Silver – BBC News – Ink of the Earth
Bronze – Quintillion Media Pvt Ltd – The Making of Lynchistan: Killing in the Name of the Cow
Bronze – BBC News – Hand in Hand: A story of faith and friendship at Kumbh
Bronze – Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co Ltd – Mathrubhumi.com fire and flame.