While I have high regard for the other two finalists (Toby Manhire and Giovanni Tiso), I think it would be a travesty if Whale Oil does not win this year.
A win doesn’t mean one is endorsing everything Cameron has ever written or said.
A win recognises his impact on the media in 2013 and 2014.
British media magnate Lord Northcliffe once famously said that “News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.”
Using that definition of news, the award must go to Whale Oil. He broke the Len Brown story which has had a massive impact. He also has broken a number of stories on Kim Dotcom and the Internet Party. In both cases, these were stories that the subjects wanted suppressed but were of public importance revealing how various media were involved in setting up the Internet Party, without disclosure.