Andrea Vance wins Reporter of the Year

WINNER: Fairfax Media digital editor Mark Stevens picked up the award for best news website for Stuff.co.nz.
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WINNER: Fairfax Media digital editor Mark Stevens picked up the award for best news website for Stuff.co.nz.
WINNER: Cameron Slater won best blog for Whale Oil.
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WINNER: Cameron Slater won best blog for Whale Oil.
WINNERS: Sunday Star Times reporter Tony Wall picked up the award for feature writer of the year, while Andrea Vance won the Reporter of the Year award.
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WINNERS: Sunday Star Times reporter Tony Wall picked up the award for feature writer of the year, while Andrea Vance won the Reporter of the Year award.

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.

RESULTS LIST

 

Photography         

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 

Online

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 

Magazines  

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 

Newspapers

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

General        

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.

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