South Asian Digital Media 2017 – 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 Hindu, The Quint and The Daily Star among the winners of South Asian Digital Media Awards 2017.


The second edition of South Asian Digital Media Awards 2017 was presented today (13 September) at WAN-IFRA India 2017, the 25th annual Silver jubilee conference being held in Chennai. The award jointly by Google and WAN-IFRA recognises 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.


The Hindu won the coveted Gold in ‘Best in News Website’, so is digital pure player ‘Arre’ for ‘Best in Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Website’.


This year also had the introduction of the new category ‘Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audience’ which is a take from WAN-IFRA previous ‘World Young Reader Prize’ and The Hindu won the coveted ‘Gold’ in this category. The winners are chosen from ten categories and they are:


  1. Best News Website





  1. Best Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Website




  1. Best Use of Online Video (including VR)

Gold:               The Quint – Mannequin challenge

Silver:             The Quint – Acid: The story of a beautiful woman



  1. 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



  1. Best News Mobile Service

Gold:               NDTV Convergence

Silver:             The Times of India App

Bronze:           Malayala Manorama


  1. Best Lifestyle, Sports or Entertainment Mobile Service

Silver:             Times Internet Ltd. – World Travel Guide App


  1. Best Innovation New Product

Gold:               The Quint – IPL2017 Microsite

Silver:             Jang Media Group – Jang Real

Bronze:           Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. – The citizen reporter mobile App


  1. Best Social Media Engagement

Gold:               The Daily Star – A Mother’s Day Special


Bronze:           Mathrubhumi ClubFM94.3 – April Fool’s Day

Bronze:           NDTV Convergence


  1. Best Digital Advertising Campaign (including Branded Content)

Gold:               The Daily Star – Rise High Bangladesh

Bronze:  – Milma Project


  1. Best Innovation to Engage Young Audience

Gold:               The Hindu – Young World Club

Silver:             NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India

Bronze:           Mathrubhumi – Silver Bullet Learning Solutions



More information on the awards can be found at


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, WAN-IFRA South, Chennai, India.

Suresh Babu, Asst. Manager, WAN-IFRA South Asia, Chennai, India.


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