Winners of South Asian Digital Media Awards 2021 announced

2021-12-23. Malayala Manorama’s bagged the ‘ Best in News Website’ South Asian Digital Media Award for the third time in a row. Among the winners are The Hindu, Hindustan Times, The Quint, Mojo Story, NDTV Convergence, Times of India Digital and Sakal.

by Vincent Peyrègne | December 23, 2021

The 2021 awards in their fifth edition received more than 140 entries, a record jump of close to double the number of entries in the previous year. These awards, presented by WAN-IFRA recognise South Asian publishers who have delivered unique and original digital media projects in the last 12 months. From new approaches to digital subscriptions to impactful native advertising campaigns, these are projects that inspire us all. The ‘Gold’ winners automatically enter WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards competition. 

The winners are:

Best News Website (or) Mobile Service

Best Use of Online Video

Best Newsletter

Best Data Visualisation

Best Reader Revenue Initiative

Best in Audience Engagement

Best Podcast / Digital Audio Project

Best Brand Marketing Campaign (for News Brands)

Best Special Project for COVID-19

Best Branded / Sponsored Content Campaign


The Hindu Group and HT Media Ltd. have been adjudged the SDMA 2021 Champion Publishers of the year based on the overall number of gold, silver and bronze won by them at the awards.

The entries were evaluated by an international panel of jury which included – Adam Tinworth, Digital Publishing Consultant, UK, Alberto Lucas López, National Geographic, Angela Robson, multi award-winning TV, radio and print journalist, Corinne Podger, Reuters & BBC Certified Consultant, Australia, Dickens Olewe, Journalist, Kenya, Emanuel Karlsten, Media Consultant, Hans Peter Janisch, newspaper designer and consultant, Iryna Vidanava, independent online media consultant, Belarus, Jacqui Park, journalist, editor and media strategist, Jerusha Raath, Head of Brand Studio,, Juan Velasco, Founder and Creative Director of 5W Infographics, Michael Cooke, consultant and editor, Murdoch Davis, consultant and editor, Rob Montgomery, Mobile Journalism consultant, Lucie Lacava, Design Consultant, Steve Yelvington, Media Consulting and Training, Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, Award-winning digital journalist, Kuala Lumpur, Rakesh Dubuddu, Founder and CEO, Factly, Chhavi Sachdev. Storyteller: Podcast Producer, Editor, Aniruddha Pawade, Podcast Consultant, Gurman Bhatia, Independent Information Designer, Prem koman, Narrative & Storytelling consultant, Kavita Chandran, Thomson Reuters Foundation and Sambit Pal, Associate Professor, International School of Broadcasting and Journalism.

The winners will receive their awards virtually at the upcoming South Asian Digital Media Awards 2022 on 8-10 March. 

Further details and the ‘Hall of Fame’ (winners) of the previous editions of the award are available at South Asian Digital Media Awards webpage. 

Contact and Inquiries

For further information, please contact: Magdoom Mohamed, Managing Director, WAN-IFRA South Asia, Chennai, India ( or Suresh Babu, Asst. Manager – Business Development, WAN-IFRA South Asia, Chennai, India (

Vincent Peyrègne

Vincent Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, he was Head of Development at Edipresse in Switzerland (now Tamedia) with responsibility for audience insights, editorial marketing research and product development, before joining the office of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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