Digital magazine Arré a winner in South Asia awards

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A hard-to-define new digital product which marries fiction with non-fiction was among those making waves at tonight's South Asian Digital Media Awards.

After collecting a prize for the best entertainment and lifestyle website, deputy editor Karanjeet Kaur admitted Arré's mix of Hindi and English food, outdoor travel and music wasn't typical. The digital magazine - which even has its own reality TV show - was "an expression of personalities," she said.

Awards were presented at the end of the first day of the WAN-Ifra India conference, which had opened with an urgent call for news publishers to work together and support each other in the face of serious challenges to press freedom and quality journalism.

Some 400 media professionals are in Chennai for the event, which continue tomorrow. celebrated the award winners of the second edition of South Asian Digital Media Awards 2017. Keynote speaker and president of WAN-Ifra's World Editors Forum said discussion of these issues was "more important than ever" with press freedom and financial support concerns around the world putting unprecedented strains on journalism. "Specific concerns about press freedom here in India, and growing oppression in places such as China, Turkey, and even the US, make standing up and shouting about the importance of what we do a key imperative," he added.

Winners of the second South Asian Digital Media Awards presented today, will compete for the World Digital Media Awards to be announced in Berlin in October. They were:

Best News Website: Gold- www.thehindu.com; Silver: www.thequint.com; Bronze: www.ndtv.com.

Best Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Website: Gold- www.arre.co.in; Silver- www.sportstarlive.com.

Best Use of Online Video (including VR): Gold- Quint - Mannequin challenge; Silver- The Quint - Acid: The story of a beautiful woman; Bronze- www.aajtak.in.

Best Data Visualisation: Gold- The Quint - Ganga clean up report; Silver- Pakistan Herald Publications - Banned outfits in Pakistan openly operate in Facebook; Bronze- Pakistan Herald Publications - A Pakistani woman's workplace dilemma.

Best News Mobile Service: Gold- NDTV Convergence; Silver- The Times of India App; Bronze- Malayala Manorama.

Best Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Mobile Service: Silver- Times Internet - World Travel Guide App.

Best Innovation New Product: Gold- The Quint - IPL2017 Microsite; Silver- Jang Media Group - Jang Real; Bronze- Bennett, Coleman & Co - The citizen reporter mobile app.

Best Social Media Engagement: Gold- The Daily Star - A Mother's Day Special; Silver- eSakal.com; Bronze- Mathrubhumi ClubFM94.3 - April Fool's Day, and NDTV Convergence.

Best Digital Advertising Campaign (including Branded Content): Gold- The Daily Star - Rise High Bangladesh; Bronze- Mathrubhumi.com - Milma Project.

Best Innovation to Engage a Young Audience: Gold- The Hindu - Young World Club; Silver- NDTV - Dettol Banega Swachh India; Bronze- Mathrubhumi - Silver Bullet Learning Solutions.

Pictured: Karanjeet Kaur of Arré

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