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Al-Jazeera scoops prizes at the Drum Online Media Awards

5 June 2017

Al-Jazeera was the big winner at this year's Drum Online Media Awards ceremony. The company won the two big awards – the Grand Prix and Chairman’s Award – for the Al-Jazeera English website.

It also won Best Breaking News Story for its coverage of the attempted coup in Turkey, best Twitter feed for @AJEnglish, Best Photographer for the work of Showkat Shafi  and the entire network won the award for Best Brand Development for #HACKED: Syria's Electronic Armies.

The Channel 4 News team won three awards – Online Editor of the Year (Jon Laurence), Outstanding Digital  Team of the Year and Best Video Journalism for Inside Aleppo.

The Guardian and the BBC won two each – Best Site for News-led Journalism and Best Designed Site for theguardian.com, Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism for BBC Arabic and Technical Innovation for the BBC News visual journalism team.

The Independent won two awards, Best National News Site and Best Media Podcast for Kernels, as did CNN for CNN Style (Best Lifestyle / Leisure News Site) and Best Freelance Writer for Motez Bishara.

Other winners included International Business Times, Middle East Eye, Trinity Mirror, Carbon Brief and Auto Trader UK. Full details are available on the Online Media Awards website.

The NUJ is one of the sponsors of the awards. Donnacha DeLong, NEC member for new media (job-share), presented six awards at the ceremony.  He said:

 “It was great to see so many high quality online operations being celebrated; and nice to see how many of the big winners are NUJ organised workplaces.”

The Drum Online Media Awards 2017 - Highlights

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