Canon Media Award Winners

May 10th, 2014 at 9:54 am by David Farrar

Some of the winners at the Canon Media Awards. Congrats to the winners and all those nominated.

  • Best Digital Breaking News Coverage nzherald.co.nz
  • Best Blog Cameron Slater – Whale Oil
  • Best News site stuff.co.nz
  • Best Website Yahoo NZ
  • Best Newsstand Magazine Metro
  • Magazine Feature Writer of the Year Steve Braunias – Metro
  • Magazine Feature Writer Business and Politics Rebecca Macfie – NZ Listener
  • Magazine Feature Writer Crime and Justice Steve Braunias – Metro
  • Canon Newspaper of the Year The Dominion Post
  • Weekly Newspaper of the Year Weekend Herald
  • Reporter of the Year – Fairfax political bureau
  • Junior Reporter of the Year Sam Boyer – The Dominion Post
  • Reporter Politics Andrea Vance – Fairfax political bureau
  • Reporter Business Duncan Bridgeman – National Business Review
  • Reporter Crime and Justice Anna Leask – The New Zealand Herald
  • Reporter Health and Education David Fisher – The New Zealand Herald
  • Reporter Science and Environment Marty Sharpe – The Dominion Post
  • Reporter Arts and Entertainment Michelle Robinson – Sunday Star-Times
  • Reporter General Tony Wall – Sunday Star-Times
  • Newspaper Feature Writer of the Year Tony Wall – Sunday Star-Times
  • Newspaper Feature Writer Crime and Justice David Fisher – The New Zealand Herald
  • Best Investigation Kirsty Johnston – Sunday Star-Times
  • Cartoonist of the Year Rod Emmerson – The New Zealand Herald
  • Best Columnist – humour/satire Steve Braunias – Sunday Star-Times
  • Best Columnist – general Jane Clifton – NZ Listener
  • Columnist of the Year Jane Clifton – NZ Listener
  • Editorial Writer of the Year Jane Clifton – NZ Listener
  • Reviewer of the Year Chris Barton – Metro
  • Wolfson Fellow 2014 Andrea Vance – Fairfax political bureau

Congrats especially to Cameron for winning Best Blog, and Andrea Vance for both Best Reporter and the Wolfson Fellowship. While I’m not sure either of them would appreciate the comparison, they’ve both broken a series of major stories during the year. I jokingly call Andrea the most dangerous reporter I know, because she is relentless at working her sources, digging up information and writing them up as explosive stories.

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28 Responses to “Canon Media Award Winners”

  1. Redbaiter (9,632 comments) says:

    That an ex News of The World employee is suddenly NZ’s best journalist makes the whole awards ceremony a bit of a joke IMHO.

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  2. davidp (3,588 comments) says:

    What is it about the media and entertainment industries that they NEED these types of awards? We certainly don’t have them in IT. And I don’t recall reading about 30 categories of awards for most occupations, although I’ll admit that architects will give each other awards at the drop of a hat. They’re also frighteningly specific: Magazine Feature Writer Crime and Justice, for instance. That’s the equivalent of the IT industry creating an award for the best Load-balanced Firewall Deployment or something.

    Full disclosure: My sister is a journalist and won one of these awards several years ago. She had moved to Australia, and her post was forwarded to my place. I received the award and gave her a call. She didn’t know she was nominated, no one had contacted her to say she’d won, and she really wasn’t fussed about me sending her the award itself.

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  3. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,922 comments) says:

    Oh dear. Those poor pinko bastards at TV1, TV3, Fairfx and the Herald now will have to refer to Cameron as ‘award winning controversial right wing blogger.’

    Funny thing is, I’ve never heard them refer to any of their mates as ‘left wing bloggers.’

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  4. Redbaiter (9,632 comments) says:

    Its worse than that Adolf. Imagine how skewed our political system must be here in NZ when supporting a socialist government taking $70 billion from a working population of about 2 million is perceived as being “right wing”.

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  5. Manolo (14,070 comments) says:

    Will Peter Dunne release the congratulatory e-mail he sent to Andrea? :-)

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  6. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Jeez – If the Whale is the best we’ve got, it doesn’t say much about the rest of them.

    Personally I think DPF should be regarded as one of the best. Whilst it is obvious he is a National supporter, he conducts his blog with dignity and integrity. This blog is far more informative, truthful and ‘classy’ than anything the blubberous one has ever presented. When DPF is wrong, he’s not afraid to admit it, the Whale just digs himself a deeper hole.

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  7. jp_1983 (227 comments) says:

    With respect to IT awards mentioned before I thought lyn was the best sysop

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  8. rouppe (983 comments) says:

    I jokingly call Andrea the most dangerous reporter I know, because she is relentless at working her sources, digging up information and writing them up as explosive stories.

    Who then leaves a man hanging out to dry by not protecting him properly (if he was the source) or throws an innocent man to the dogs (if he wasn’t). No one in their right mind should ever talk to her again. Just as well she’s buffering off. Good riddance.

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  9. Colville (2,300 comments) says:

    The Boy with a Girls name is the worlds best sysadmin. Just ask him and he will tell you so. Or dont ask him and he will still tell you so!

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  10. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    >davidp
    What is it about the media and entertainment industries that they NEED these types of awards? We certainly don’t have them in IT.

    A quick look online brings up, among many others: The New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards, the Roading New Zealand Excellence Awards, the Timber Design Awards, The Innovation in Irrigation Award, the NZ Champions of Cheese, the New Zealand Workplace Wellbeing award, New Zealand Extra Virgin Olive Oil Awards, the Exceptional Innovation in Environmental Packaging Awards…

    You IT guys are clearly missing a party somewhere.

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  11. iMP (2,422 comments) says:

    This is little new zealand stuff.

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  12. Tinshed (170 comments) says:

    Thank you DPF for congratulating all winners. Much more class than the turbulent bile dredged up the left-wing on Twitter. Funny thing is that the left spent all its time bemoaning Cameron Slater’s award, and none congratulating other winners, who, one suspects, they endorse. I would be a bit annoyed if I was a winner in one of the other categories and I all I read about the awards was along the lines of “they are a joke…”. Still, as we know, the left knows how to stay classy.

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  13. itstricky (1,904 comments) says:

    I’m not so sure it’s just “the left” bemoaning his award my friend. I mean if you can be a “journalist” then still treat your sources like crap, call accidentally dead teenagers ‘feral’ and be beholden to Judith Collins but still win the Best Blog award then it’s a pretty small category.

    At least he didn’t get a real journalist’s award – now that would be a talking point.

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  14. Manolo (14,070 comments) says:

    Listen to his speech: http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2014/05/cameron-slaters-canon-media-awards-2014-acceptance-speech-audio-whaleoil/

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  15. Elaycee (4,410 comments) says:

    I must admit… Whale winning this Award was met with collective raising of glasses at chez Elaycee.

    It’s no coincidence that Whale and KB are (by far) the most popular blogs read in NZ – the content is topical / the views are well expressed / any converse views are allowed and debated / and there is no doubt about the political leanings of the respective blog owners.

    I’ve just spent half an hour or so reading the reactions to Whale’s win – no surprises the most popular blogs contain congratulatory pieces, but some comment (incl. Twitter) is just vitriolic and boorish – predictably these efforts are from the miffed MSM and the jaundiced left.

    Slater has few shades of grey and he takes a stand on many issues. Whilst it’s obvious some just can’t handle it, the fact his blog is not only the most read blog in NZ but is also the recipient of a Canon Award, confirms Whale is on the right track.

    And the fact the left are in a state of collective apoplexy, confirms Whale is also on target. :lol:

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  16. Ross12 (1,456 comments) says:

    Forgetting the Vance/Dunne episode for one moment , I will say one thing about Andrea Vance –she knows how to write. By that I mean she knows the basics of good writing –sentence structure , grammar , developing an argument etc.

    I can remember when she when first started writing for the Dom. Post and I thought her writing ability was so far ahead of anything we had had in recent years.( Her skills are like the real journalist a few decades ago) I hardly ” noticed” the article. It doesn’t worry me that she once worked for NoTW or what ever tabloid and I don’t agree with her politics.

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  17. Kea (13,359 comments) says:

    I loathe the main stream media more than any other group on earth. They are the single most damaging force in the world today. They have turned the population into a bunch of consumerist compliant morons.

    Who cares what awards they give – THEMSELVES – ? It is nonsense best ignored. The world would be a better place if they were gone.

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  18. tvb (4,516 comments) says:

    Slater has done well to develop his blog to the point it has become. He is greatly assisted by his sources – most likely senior figurers in the National Party, not least John Slater his father who is a senior member of the National Party. His blog does not have much depth of analysis and it is full of juvenile stuff but if you can get past all of that and focus on the hard news it is quite good.

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  19. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    Congratulations on a job well done Whale. When the ‘left’ are spewing, it must be good for the rest of us.

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  20. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    That’s the equivalent of the IT industry creating an award for the best Load-balanced Firewall Deployment

    I did LOL.

    And I’d totally want to win it.

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  21. johnwellingtonwells (137 comments) says:

    No award for the biggest “porky” told by the msm

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  22. dave53 (91 comments) says:

    Whale is demented, crazy and absolutely fantastic, he has re-invented “gutter journalism” which was the height of journalism in the US 120 years ago. His blog is essential reading even for those like me who is queasy with almost everything in it. It would have been a travesty had one of those PC also-rans got the award.

    Recent Irish immigrant and former NOTW journalist (I say that as a compliment) Andrea Vance is the best mainstream print journalist in this country and I very much hope she comes back here after her studies at Cambridge. As someone who once filled those shoes (it was called Qantas back then) I was delighted to see her win that.

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  23. Ross12 (1,456 comments) says:

    There was a letter to W/O the other day about the media.
    Among the many good points the writer made, was that now that many journalists have become “activists” or are trying to make the news not just report it, they are now fair game to be criticised and exposed like anyone else. I think is very valid and many journalists need to take note.

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  24. itstricky (1,904 comments) says:

    And Slater isn’t an activist and isn’t trying to make the news himself? Whatever the author was on about surely applies to him as well.

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  25. searching (21 comments) says:

    and the sole Judge of the Blog Award – Deborah Hill-Cone – Great!!

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  26. Johnboy (17,007 comments) says:

    I’ll take all this shit far more seriously when we include best fitter and turner, plumber, sparky, check out operator etc. of the year.

    Wankers seem to breed and feed off other wankers methinks! :)

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  27. Redbaiter (9,632 comments) says:

    “I think is very valid and many journalists need to take note.”

    It is valid but who cares whether so called journalists take note or not.

    Just focus on sending their propaganda organs broke.

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  28. HC (154 comments) says:

    The Canon media awards make little sense, as I cannot detect any “quality” amongst the top contenders and awarded. It is bizarre, it seems, the more influence you have, perhaps the more money you have, the better you do. That is not the criteria I would apply.

    As for Cameron Slater, I feel more offended by his “contributions” than I would ever feel inclined to support anything there. At least here, on Kiwi Blog, while I often disagree with Farrar and others, you do not go to that abusive terms as the other one does.

    What I would also note is the total bias and lack of seriosity of “The Standard”, which is run by one Lprent, Lynn Prentice, who likes to declare himself an “independent’ and “open minded’ blog operator, but who shuts anyone out, as soon as there is any criticism of a Labour or other left leaning politician. Now, we all like debate, we like dissenting views and more, but what I have learned about Lynn Prentice is anything but promising, he is selective, and controlling, and NO criticism of substance is allowed on The Standard. It has become a totally rubbish “blog”, even if you like to call it a “blog”. They have lost hundreds of commenters over recent months, and the only “revival” they got was since Labour started the mud slinging against Key and ministers.

    They have a point, re Collins and a few others, but they are beyond reason now, so I would never take that blog that serious at all now.

    I post and comment here occasionally, and will use other forums, but I will stay away from that The Standard, it cannot be recommended. I would like a few more political blogs in NZ, so we would get more variety.

    Best wishes

    HC

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