South Asian Digital Media 2016 – Award winners

by Prabhu Natrajan | January 4, 2020

The awards recognize news publishers who have adopted digital media and mobile strategies as part of their total product offering to meet the major challenges in how people consume news and information today.


The winners of the inaugural edition of South Asian Digital Media Awards were announced and the winners were presented with trophies at the glittering awards ceremony today, as part of the first day of the WAN-IFRA India 2016 Conference. Nearly 400 delegates from more than 20 countries are attending the conference, which is taking place in Kolkata, India, on 21-22 September., The Quint and NDTV Convergence were among the winners of the awards, jointly presented by WAN-IFRA and Google.


WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Awards are the most prestigious recognition of best practice innovation in digital publishing worldwide. The awards are presented in every region – South Asia, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The winners from each region subsequently compete for the World Digital Media Awards.


This year, the winners of South Asian Digital Media Awards were chosen from nine categories. The categories and the winners are:


Best News Website







Best New Product

Gold:               Gadgets 360, from Red Pixles Ventures

Silver:             News Beeps, from NDTV Convergence

Bronze:           Vixty app, from NDTV Convergence


Best New Mobile Service

Gold:               News Republic App


Bronze:           The Quint


Best Digital Advertising Campaign

Gold:               The Quint – IAmShatterProof for Motorola

Silver:             NDTV Convergence – L’Oreal Paris Women of worth 2016


Best Use of Online Video

Gold:               The Quint – The Wild West of Utter Pradesh

Silver:             NDTV Convergence – Shiksha Ki Ore Campaign

Bronze:           NDTV Convergence – L’Oreal Paris Women of worth 2016


Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Mobile Service

Silver:             NDTV Convergence – Nirmal MyFit100Days


Best Entertainment & Lifestyle Website Service

Gold:               NDTV Convergence – Nirmal MyFit100Days

Silver:             Times Internet –


  1. Best Data Visualisation Project

Bronze:           NDTV Convergence – Dettol Banega Swachh India


  1. Best Reader Engagement

Gold:               The Quint

Silver:             The Hindu – – Ask Ashwin Contest

Bronze:  – Tamil Nadu Election Campaign 2016


More information on the awards can be found at


Earlier in the afternoon, the Best in Print Awards, sponsored by manroland web systems, were presented. The winners are:


Best in Print – Circulation below 150,000 copies

Gold:               Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd., Singapore

Silver:             The National, United Printing and Publishing, Abu Dhabi

Bronze:           Berita Harian, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd., Singapore


Best in Print – Circulation above 150,000 copies

Gold:               The Straits Times, Singapore Press Holdings Ltd., Singapore

Silver:             Apple Daily, Apple Daily Printing Ltd., Hong Kong

Bronze:           The Shizuoka Shimbun, The Shizuoka Shimbun, Japan

For a calendar of upcoming WAN-IFRA events, please see


WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India and Mexico, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.


For enquiries, please contact: Magdoom Mohamed, Managing Director – South Asia, WAN-IFRA, Chennai, India.



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