Extra categories for small publishers and COVID-19 entries

Smaller media companies will be recognised in a special category of the upcoming Asian Digital Media Awards.

The special award will go to news media companies with an annual revenue of less than US$10 million, and replaces the bronze award given out previously.

Entries from smaller media companies which receive the highest and second highest scores will continue to be awarded Gold or Silver in their respective categories, with smaller media companies with the highest score winning the special award in its category.

Another new category is for the best special project for COVID-19, open to publishers who have come up with special products or new sections addressing information needs during the pandemic. Entries should demonstrate how information gaps in society were addressed, innovative use of resources and smart planning to quickly meet the challenges posed by the crisis.

In the new best project for news literacy category, entries must be projects aimed at enhancing news literacy skills, promoting critical thinking and furthering the smart consumption of news. Projects that demonstrate strong evidence of success in engaging a specific audience or age group will be granted extra credit.

Entries for the competition are now open and must be submitted by July 30. There is an August 5 deadline to complete the entry fees payment.

The top two finalists and one special award to smaller media will be notified on August 21, with winners officially announced at the WAN-Ifra Digital Media Asia conference in Hong Kong on October 22.

Digital Media Asia is a three-day event comprising conference, masterclasses, a technology and services expo and the Asian Digital Media Awards ceremony, providing valuable case studies, best practices and key takeaways for editorial and strategic decision-making.

Pictured: Last year's winners

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