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Nominations for Online Media Awards 2014 announced

7 May 2014

The nominations for the 2014 Online Media Awards have been announced.

Some of the biggest names in journalism including the New York Times, the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, USA Today, the Guardian, Times, BBC, Al-Jazeera and Huffington Post are among the finalists.

While the shortlist features global names, the regional and niche sites of the Belfast Telegraph,, the Lincolnite, Radio Times and Heat are among those competing for awards.

Now in their fourth year, the Drum Online Media Awards 2014 are sponsored by iomart and Unanimis and supported by the NUJ, Press Gazette, Press Association, Cision, The British Journalism Review and the Society of Editors.

Gordon Young, the Awards' founder and current PPA editor of the Year, said:

"The Online Media Awards has very quickly established itself as an important annual event among the world's leading online media brands. As the only awards scheme that focuses solely online, we're delighted to be shining a light on the tremendous work being delivered by the digital writers and publishers and giving them the credit they so richly deserve."

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 11 June at the Marriott Grosvenor Hotel, London.

For more information visit the Online Media Awards website

Online Media Awards 2014


Online Editor of the Year

  • Anna Doble, Channel 4 News
  • Benjamin Lee,
  • David Moynihan, Digital Spy
  • Jason Mils, ITV
  • Julian Kossoff, IBTimes UK
  • Steve Fowler, Auto Express & Carbuyer
  • Tamsin Kelly, AOL UK Ltd

Digital Writer of the Year

  • David Gilbert, IBTimes UK
  • Geoff White, Channel 4 News

Outstanding Digital Team of the Year
Sponsored by the British Journalism Review

  • Al Jazeera
  • Interactive Olympians, International New York Times
  • VICE Media

Best Site for News-Led Journalism

  • AOL UK Ltd for The Huffington Post UK
  • BBC News Online
  • Dow Jones & Company for The Wall Street Journal
  • Dow Jones & Company for Financial News
  • Hearst Magazines UK for Digital Spy
  • IBTimes UK
  • ITV for
  • Sky News

Best Specialist Site for Journalism

  • Al Jazeera for Al Jazeera English
  • Emap or
  • Energy Live News
  • Financial Times for fastFT
  • Roads & Kingdoms
  • Royal Society of Chemistry for Chemistry World
  • Sinfini Music
  • Tech City News
  • Gannett Digital for USA TODAY

Best Local/Regional News Site

  • BBC News Online East
  • BBC Online - East Midlands
  • Belfast Telegraph for
  • Bristol Culture
  • Derby Telegraph for
  • Edinburgh Evening News for
  • KM Group for KentOnline
  • Newsquest for Lancashire Telegraph
  • South Wales Argus for
  • Stonebow Media for The Lincolnite
  • The Detail

Best National/World News Site

  • AOL UK Ltd for The Huffington Post
  • Channel 4 News/ITN for
  • Dow Jones & Company for The Wall Street Journal
  • IBTimes
  • International New York Times
  • ITV for
  • The Guardian for
  • The Scottish Sun

Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism

  • Emap for Nursing Times Speak Out Safely
  • Exaro for The Murdoch recording
  • Financial Times for Financial Times Austerity Audit
  • Telegraph Media Group for Too Much of a Good Thing
  • The Guardian for The Guardian - The NSA Files
  • UNHCR/Yahoo for Zaatari: A Day in the Life, by UNHCR/Yahoo

Best Commentary/Blogging

  • AOL UK Ltd for The Huffington Post UK
  • Channel 4 News/ITN for Paul Mason's Dispatches from the Culture Wars, Channel 4 News
  • Dow Jones & Company for WSJ MoneyBeat
  • IBTimes UK for Lianna Brinded, Business Editor at IBTimes UK
  • iMediaEthics for David Moore
  • Saxo Bank for
  • The Guardian for Guardian Live Blogs

Best Video Journalism

  • BBC News Online
  • Telegraph Media Group for Boomtown USA
  • Channel 4 News/ITN for Channel 4 News
  • Telegraph Media Group for Drone footage of floods
  • VICE Media for How VICE Became the World Leader in Online Video Creation
  • UNHCR/Yahoo for Zaatari: A Day in the Life

Best Designed Site

  • Get The Gloss
  • The Scottish Sun
  • Best Twitter Feed
  • BBC News Online for @BBCBreaking
  • Squawka for Squawka Football
  • The Scottish Sun
  • VICE Media
  • Yahoo for Yahoo Celebrity UK

Best Use of Social Media

  • Channel 4 News for Philippines family reunited - #c4newspopup - #WT4 - YouTube - Instagram/Vine
  • Dennis Publishing for Auto Express
  • Bauer Media/Heat for
  • ITV for
  • The Times and Sunday Times for The Times and Sunday Times Twitter directories
  • Yahoo for Yahoo Celebrity UK

Best Use of Crowd Sourcing or Citizen Journalism

  • BBC News Online for BBC News Online Winter Watch
  • The Exeter Daily for The Daily UK Ltd
  • The Guardian for GuardianWitness
  • The Times and Sunday Times for The Times #TubeStrike Map

Best Brand Development

  • The Scottish Sun
  • IBTimes UK for Ian Silvera – Business Reporter
  • Best Commercial Innovation
  • Herald & Times, Glasgow for HeraldScotland 2.0
  • Dennis Publishing for Adnostic

Technical Innovation

  • Channel 4 News/ITN for #DataBaby - Technical Innovation
  • Immediate Media Co for Immediate Media's App Publishing System
  • Royal Society of Chemistry for Chemistry World
  • Squawka for

Best App – for smart phone or tablet

  • Apptitude Media for British Journal of Photography app (BJP+)
  • Bleacher Report for Bleacher Report's Team Stream App
  • Financial Times for FT App
  • Immediate Media Co for BBC Top Gear - iPad
  • Immediate Media Co/ BBC Worldwide for BBC Good Food Magazine
  • Radio Times for Radio Times, DiscoverTV
  • The Times and Sunday Times for The Times and The Sunday Times tablet app
  • Yahoo for Yahoo News Digest (UK)
  • The Scottish Sun

Best Freelance Writer

  • Simon Hooper for Al Jazeera English Online
  • Yvette Caster for

Best Photographer

  • Anna Draper for Lincolnshire Echo
  • Telegraph Media Group for Ukraine riots in pictures: Telegraph photographer David Rose in Kiev
  • Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site
  • Bauer Media for
  • Company Magazine
  • Financial Times for How To Spend It
  • Radio Times
  • ShortList Media for
  • The Guardian for
  • Yahoo for Yahoo Lifestyle UK

Best Business/Finance Site

  • Forbes Media for The Transformation of
  • Financial Times for
  • The Pharma Letter
  • Dow Jones for The Wall Street Journal
  • Saxo Bank for
  • Prolific North

Best Health/Education News Site

  • BACP for

Native Advertising Solution/Campaign of the Year

  • Forbes Media for Forbes BrandVoice
  • The Economist

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