Extraordinary Eighteen (Awards) for Media24 at Bookmarks 2017

17 March 2017

Media24 has scooped 18 awards at the 2017 IAB Bookmark Awards, including the coveted Best Publisher Award.

“We’re simply delighted with the recognition of the digital publishing excellence at 24.com,” said Media24 chief executive, Esmaré Weideman. “Media24 is fast migrating from print to digital – in fact, we regard ourselves as a digital publisher first. We believe that outstanding storytelling combined with the innovative use of technology is not only a logical way forward, but as evidenced by these awards, a recipe for success.”

Africa’s leading publisher took home the Special Award for Best Publisher, as well as three gold, ten silver and four bronze awards. The company made a clean sweep of five award categories. 24.com, Media24’s digital publishing division, won 16 awards while efashion site Spree and Soccer Laduma bagged one each.

Head of 24.com Andreij Horn said he was thrilled with the recognition by peers and the industry. “The incredible showing by Media24 at the awards is testament to the dedication with which our editorial teams serve our communities, the attention to detail our product teams put into their designs, and the skill with which our engineering teams build useful digital solutions. Our audiences have rewarded us over the past year with the time they spend with us, and now the industry has recognised our effort. This year’s harvest of awards sets a new benchmark for us, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to work with such a talented team.”

Media24 won in the following categories:

Gold – Mobile publication, News24 Elections app
Gold – Publisher site, News24
Gold – Craft, News or Feature Writing, Netwerk24 (Die stil aktivis, Le Roux Schoeman)

Silver – Live event coverage, News24 Video #FeesMustFall
Silver – Live event coverage, News24 Elections 2016
Silver – Publisher apps, NetNuus (Yellow brick road to success)
Silver – Publisher apps, News24 Elections 2016
Silver – Publisher apps, News24 app
Silver – Online News Video, News24 Video
Silver – Mobile Publication, News24
Silver – Specialist Publisher Site, Soccer Laduma
Silver – Publisher site, Netwerk24 (Lessons from behind the paywall)
Silver – Craft, News or Feature Writing, News24 (King Hlaudi’s rise to power, Angelique Hartlieb)

Bronze – Ecommerce Site, Spree
Bronze – Social Media Publications, Daily Sun (Tshwane on fire)
Bronze – Specialist Publisher Sites, W24
Bronze – Special Feature, News24 (Matric Results)

The IAB Bookmark Awards honour publishers, individuals, agencies and brands that have produced creative and innovative work that delivers tangible results.