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Vice News, Al Jazeera and BBC big winners at Online Media Awards

11 June 2015

Vice News won the Grand Prix prize at the Online Media Awards in London on Wednesday. The award recognised the site's series of videos on The Islamic State.

Vice also won a Breaking News Story of the Year award for the same series of videos, while Alex Miller, their Global Head of Content, won Online Editor of the Year.

The Online Media Awards, organised by marketing website and magazine company The Drum, "identify the cleverest, boldest and most original purveyors of news and views from around the world." The NUJ has been sponsored the awards for the last four years.

This year's awards, presented at the Marriot Grosvenor Square, saw established media companies compete with newer online publishers.

The other big winners were:

  • BBC – Best Podcast award for their disability-focussed Ouch Talk Show, Best Twitter feed for @bbcbreaking, Best Video Journalism for The Rise of the Islamic State, Best Use of Crowd Sourcing or Citizen Journalism for BBC NHS Winter and Best National/World News site for BBC News Online;
  • Al Jazeera English – who won awards for Technical Innovation, Outstanding Digital Team of the Year and Best Use of Photography;
  • The Financial Times – Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site award for How to Spend It and the award for Best Commercial Innovation;
  • The Guardian – Best Site for News-Led Journalism award;
  • The Independent – Best Brand Development award for i100;
  • Channel 4 News – Best Commentary/Blogging;
  • Reuters – Chairman's Award for Water's Edge;
  • ITV News – Best App;
  • Nursing Times – Editorial Campaign of the Year for Speak Out Safely.

Other winners included Press Gazette, Calvert 22 Foundation, Progressive Customer Publishing, Anthony Cuthbertson (International Business Times UK), The Detail, USA Today, Yahoo!, David Owen (Inside the Games) and BACP (

Andy Smith, NUJ President, who presented a number of the awards, said:

"These awards celebrated the basics of journalism – a good story told well. The breadth of nominations showed how much great work is being done by journalists, ranging from Reuters, one of the oldest names in the industry, to new arrivals like Vice."

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