Andrea Vance wins Reporter of the Year
After a torrid year in which she faced immense political and public scrutiny, Fairfax political reporter Andrea Vance has been placed on a pedestal by her peers, winning Reporter of the Year at the prestigious Canon Awards.
Vance was also named the Wolfson Fellow 2014 at the black-tie awards dinner in Auckland. She will attend Cambridge University in Britain to study the increasing challenge facing journalists of protecting sources and information in the digital age.
Vance was in the headlines herself last year, after she published the findings of the Kitteridge report on the Government Communications Security Bureau – that it may have unlawfully spied on 85 people -- before its release.
She has never disclosed her source.
Her scoop prompted a Government inquiry, which led to further controversy when it was revealed her phone records were sent to the inquiry, along with logs of her movements around the parliamentary precinct recorded by a swipe card.
Her win was a victory for courageous and intelligent investigative reporting, Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher said.
“I am particularly pleased to see Andrea Vance win the reporter of the year, and the Wolfson, for a story that dominated last year's news agenda,” Boucher said.
“Her work resulted in considerable personal pressure being brought to bear on Andrea herself.”
It was a good night for Fairfax: Its Wellington newspaper The Dominion-Post won newspaper of the year, stuff.co.nz best news website, and Sunday Star-Times reporter Tony Wall took the outstanding double of best general reporter and newspaper feature writer of the year.
“The Dominion Post is a newspaper in full flight. It breaks great stories but also exudes energy and spontaneity,” the judges said.
The Weekend Herald took out best weekly newspaper, with the Northern Advocate picked as the best regional paper, and the North Shore Times the winner of best community paper.
Fairfax visual journalists Mike Scott (Waikato Times), Craig Simcox (Dominion Post) and Iain McGregor (The Press) won awards for their imagery, with the judges saying Scott’s video was “the absolute standout piece for 2014”.
“It is fantastic to see our brilliant journalists recognised in these, the pre-eminent industry awards,” Boucher said.
“In an industry which is growing increasingly competitive they have scooped the top journalism prizes as well as the top newspaper and news site awards.
“Against such strong opposition, it is very pleasing to see Fairfax's excellence in storytelling, visual journalism and multimedia journalism recognised across the board.”
High-profile blogger Cameron Slater took best blog for his Whaleoil site, following a year of exposes and strong opinion pieces.
Reporting awards were shared around, with the New Zealand Herald’s Anna Leask taking crime and justice, her workmate David Fisher taking feature writer crime and justice, Marty Sharpe of The Dominion Post science and the environment, Michelle Robinson of the Sunday Star-Times the arts and entertainment, and the Herald’s Dylan Cleaver sport.
Press Photographer of the Year: Richard Robinson, New Zealand Herald
Junior Press Photographer of the Year: Alden Williams, The Nelson Mail
Best News Picture: Craig Simcox, The Dominion Post
Best Sports Picture: Iain McGregor, The Press
Best Portrait: Hannah Johnston, Getty
Best Feature Photo: Stephen Parker, Rotorua Daily Post
Best Photo Essay/Slideshow: Brett Phibbs, The New Zealand Herald
Best Digital Breaking News Coverage: nzherald.co.nz
Best Innovation in Multimedia Storytelling: stuff.co.nz, Lost in the Long White Cloud
Best Innovation in New Technologies: Viva - The New Zealand Herald
Best Digital Community Interaction: The Wellington Report - The Dominion Post
Best Video: Mike Scott, Waikato Times/stuff.co.nz
Best Blog: Cameron Slater – Whale Oil
Best News site: stuff.co.nz; Best Website: Yahoo NZ
Best Newsstand: Metro
Best Trade/Professional: New Zealand Doctor
Best Design: Taste
Best Cover: HOME
Feature Writer of the Year: Steve Braunias, Metro
Feature Writer, Business and Politics: Rebecca Macfie, NZ Listener
Feature Writer, Crime and Justice: Steve Braunias, Metro
Feature Writer, Health and Education: Catherine Woulfe, NZ Listener
Feature Writer, Science and Environment: Mike White, North & South
Feature Writer, Arts and Entertainment: Duncan Greive, Metro
Feature Writer Sport: Duncan Greive, Metro
Feature Writer General: Amanda Cropp, North & South
Canon Newspaper of the Year: The Dominion Post
Newspaper of the Year (plus 30,000 circulation): The Dominion Post
Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation) Northern Advocate
Weekly Newspaper of the Year: Weekend Herald
Community Newspaper of the Year: North Shore Times
Best Newspaper Design: The New Zealand Herald
Best Newspaper Inserted Magazine: Time Out, The New Zealand Herald
Reporter of the Year: Andrea Vance, Fairfax political bureau
Junior Reporter of the Year: Sam Boyer, The Dominion-Post
Regional/Community Reporter of the Year: Sandra Conchie, Bay of Plenty Times
Reporter, politics: Andrea Vance, Fairfax political bureau
Reporter, business: Duncan Bridgeman, National Business Review
Reporter, crime and justice: Anna Leask, The New Zealand Herald
Reporter, health and education: David Fisher, The New Zealand Herald
Reporter, science and environment: Marty Sharpe, The Dominion Post
Reporter, arts and entertainment: Michelle Robinson, Sunday Star-Times
Reporter, sport: Dylan Cleaver, The New Zealand Herald
Reporter, general: Tony Wall, Sunday Star-Times
Feature Writer of the Year: Tony Wall, Sunday Star-Times
Junior Feature Writer of the Year: Jeremy Olds, New Zealand Doctor
Regional/Community Feature Writer of the Year: Helen Harvey, Taranaki Daily News
Feature Writer, business and politics: John McCrone, The Press
Feature Writer, crime and justice: David Fisher, The New Zealand Herald
Feature Writer, health and education: Adam Dudding, Sunday Star-Times
Feature Writer, science and environment: John McCrone, The Press
Feature Writer arts and entertainment: Linda Herrick, The New Zealand Herald
Feature Writer Sport: Phil Taylor , The New Zealand Herald
Feature Writer, general: Matt Rilkoff, Taranaki Daily News
Best Brand Campaign, The New Zealand Herald
Best Investigation: Kirsty Johnston, Sunday Star-Times
Student Journalist of the Year: Susan Strongman, Taranaki Daily News
Best Artwork: Anna Crichton, The New Zealand Herald
Cartoonist of the Year: Rod Emmerson, The New Zealand Herald
Best Columnist, humour/satire: Steve Braunias, Sunday Star-Times
Best Columnist, general: Jane Clifton, NZ Listener
Columnist of the Year: Jane Clifton, NZ Listener
Editorial Writer of the Year: Jane Clifton, NZ Listener
Best Headline: Jo Knight, Sunday Magazine, Sunday Star-Times
Reviewer of the Year: Chris Barton, Metro
Wolfson Fellow 2014: Andrea Vance, Fairfax political bureau.