Frequently asked questions

Entries may be submitted any time from 12pm on Friday, January 15, 2021 until 1pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 (NZDT). The system will automatically prevent entry submission after the deadline.

Judging will finish by the end of March 2021, and the list of finalists and winners will then be collated and cross-checked. The list of finalists will be announced in April.

Winners will be announced in May 2021.

  1. Go to voyagermedia.awardsplatform.com
  2. If you already have an Award Force account as a result of entering another Award Force award (for example Panpa), please log in. If you have forgotten your password, click on the link that reads “Have you forgotten your password?”. This is on the log-in form, just above the ‘Log in’ button.
  3. If you don’t already have an Award Force account, please register (your password must be at least 8 characters) and follow the steps to complete your profile.
  4. Before you click on “Start new entry” you will need to go to your email and click on the verification link (in an email from the Voyager Media Awards). You may need to refresh the web page.
  5. If the verification email doesn’t show up in your email, check you junk/spam folder.
  6. Once you begin the entry process you can “save + close” your entry/entries and go back to edit them later.
  7. Once you submit an entry, you can go back into the system at any time to make changes – up until the entry deadline of 1pm, Friday February 26, 2021.

Yes, every category – including the newspaper, magazine and trade specialist publication categories – must be entered online.

Entrants, along with editorial managers and team leaders should note that NPA members have agreed to the introduction of award entry fees this year. Entries from NPA member organisations will be charged $20+gst per entry, while entries from non-NPA organisations will be charged $45+gst per entry.

Discounted entry fee:  $20+gst – This fee applies to entrants from NPA members.

Standard entry fee: $45 +gst – This fee applies to all other entrants who are not eligible for the discounted entry fee.

Late fee: $50+gst – All approved late entries received after Wednesday, March 3, 2021 will be charged an additional late fee on top of the applicable entry fee.

NPA members include the organisations shown on the lists below and their 70+ community newspaper titles too. If you are not working for one of these organisations then you must select the non-member entry price.

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Dominion Post (Wellington)
The Press (Christchurch)
Sunday Star-Times (national)
Sunday News (national)
Waikato Times (Hamilton)
Southland Times (Invercargill)
Daily News (New Plymouth)
Manawatū Standard (Palmerston North)
Nelson Mail (Nelson)
Timaru Herald (Timaru)
Marlborough Express (Blenheim)

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The New Zealand Herald (Auckland)
Herald on Sunday (Auckland)
Hawke’s Bay Today (Hastings)
Bay of Plenty Times (Tauranga)
Northern Advocate (Whangarei)
Rotorua Daily Post (Rotorua)
Whanganui Chronicle (Whanganui)

INDEPENDENTS

Otago Daily Times (Dunedin)
Gisborne Herald (Gisborne)
Ashburton Guardian (Ashburton)
Wairarapa Times-Age (Masterton)
Greymouth Star (Greymouth)
Westport News (Westport)
Whakātane Beacon (Whakātane)
Wairoa Star (Wairoa)

Material must be supplied as follows:

  • Stories should be pdf format or, if digital, a URL link to the story
  • Photos should be in jpg, jpeg, tif or tiff format and have captions within the file name.
  • Videos or interactive/motion graphics can be uploaded in m4v, mp4, mpeg4 or MOV format or, in the case of large files, attached as a URL link such as YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Artwork/graphics should be ai or eps format
  • Cartoons should be in jpg or pdf format
  • Podcasts should be uploaded as a single, clearly-named MP3 (or WAV). You should also supply URL links for each episode, both to Apple Podcasts and to an Android podcast app such as Stitcher or Spotify.

Please give attachments an appropriate name that depicts what the entry is about.  All photos should have captions.

Entrants may include a statement of support giving background to your entry. Each category has a specific word maximum. Please refer to the entry criteria.

Broadcast journalists/artists/cartoonists/video journalists/editors can enter any of the ‘All media’ awards, and broadcast and video awards.

Digital
Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry)
Best podcast
News App of the Year
News Website of the Year

General
Best artist/graphic designer
Best headline or hook (including social media)
Cartoonist of the Year
Reviewer of the Year
Editorial Executive of the Year

Reporting
Best coverage of a major news event
Best editorial campaign or project
Best individual investigation
Best team investigation
Best reporting – crime and justice
Best reporting – environment
Best reporting – general
Best reporting – Māori affairs
Best reporting – personal finance
Best reporting – social issues, including health and education
Best reporting – travel
Business Journalist of the Year
Political Journalist of the Year
Sports Journalist of the Year
Science Journalist of the Year
Junior Reporter of the Year
Broadcast Reporter of the Year

Broadcast journalists may also enter ‘written only’ awards if their entry has appeared in written form, eg on a supporting website.  These include Reporter of the Year and Best headline or hook (including social media).

Entrants will need to ensure judges can access stories and websites behind a paywall. Please email the Voyager Media Awards team at voyagermediaawards@npa.co.nz with instructions or passwords to give access to judges.

Yes, the Awards Force website will run on all devices including smartphones. However, entrants will not be able to upload attachments using an iPhone or iPad due to Apple’s policy on attachments.

The following categories need hard copies of their entries to be posted or couriered to the Voyager Media Awards office if the newspaper, magazine or publication has been published in printed form:

Category Sub-category No. of copies of the entry form No. of newspapers/ magazines to be posted in
Newspaper Community Newspaper of the Year 2 2 sets of 3 publications
Newspaper Metropolitan Newspaper of the Year 3 3 sets of 3 publications
Newspaper Regional Newspaper of the Year 3 3 sets of 3 publications
Newspaper Weekly Newspaper of the Year 3 3 sets of 3 publications
Newspaper Best newspaper magazine 2 2 sets of 3 magazines
Magazine Best newsstand magazine 2 2 sets of 3 magazines
Magazine Best trade/professional magazine 2 2 sets of 2 publications

Post the Award Force entry forms and publications to:
Voyager Media Awards
c/- News Publishers’ Association
PO Box 2941
Shortland Street
Auckland 1140

Alternatively, courier or hand deliver entries and the entry forms to:
Voyager Media Awards
c/- News Publishers’ Association
Textile Lofts, Level 4, Textile Centre
1 Kenwyn Street
Parnell
Auckland 1052

All entries must bear cover dates from the 2020 calendar year. For example, a magazine that appears on newsstands or reaches subscribers in late December 2020 but has a cover date of January 2021 is not eligible (it will be eligible for the 2022 media awards).

The same rule applies to journalists’ work appearing in print. A publication that appeared in December 2019 but has a January 2020 cover date is eligible. A publication with a December 2019/January 2020 cover date will be eligible, as will a publication with a December 2020/January 2021 cover date

Digital entries must be published within the 2020 calendar year.

News Website of the Year and News App of the Year will be partially judged live during March 2021.

Yes, your entry must have been published or broadcast during 2020 in a recognised form of New Zealand newspaper, magazine, website, or television or radio station.

Qualifying media include:

  • Daily and weekly newspapers
  • Regional, metropolitan or community newspapers
  • News and current affairs websites
  • Magazines sold at newsstand or by subscription, or a combination of both*
  • Free magazines with a minimum editorial content of 25%*
  • Newspaper-inserted magazines
  • Specialist and trade publications and/or websites*
  • Local television and radio stations

* Eligible publications must appear at least twice a year and must target a mass audience. Publications comprised largely of native advertising or advertorial without editorial content will not be eligible.

Eligibility for all award categories will be at the sole discretion of the NPA.

Not necessarily. Entrants must be either New Zealand citizens, permanent residents aged 16 and over or students on a working visa and living in New Zealand at the time the work was published. This includes New Zealanders working overseas.

Podcasts can be entered into Best podcast, Best individual investigation and Best team investigation

Yes, you can enter two parts presented together, and cross referenced. This could be a two-part story, or two parts from a specific series. Follow-ups to an original story do not qualify as a two-part submission.

A story with multiple pages/files must be combined into ONE pdf and then uploaded to the category you are entering. Here’s how to create one pdf.

You can use:

  1. Choose View > Thumbnails to show page thumbnails in the sidebar.
  2. To indicate where to insert the other document, select a page thumbnail.
  3. Choose Edit > Insert > Page from File, select the PDF that you want to add, then click Open.
  4. To save, choose File > Export as PDF.

If you are including a two-part story or two parts of a multi-part series, you should include the URL link to the first part of the story in the URL link box and the URL link to the second part of the story within your statement of support. You should also include headlines and publication details for each URL link within your statement of support. URL links to a two-part or multi-part series cannot be uploaded to the same box.

While you can enter as many categories as you want, you are not able to enter the same piece of work into multiple categories, otherwise you risk being disqualified.  However, entries from specialist categories can also be entered into the following:

  • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
  • Best individual investigation
  • Junior Reporter of the Year
  • Broadcast awards where appropriate
  • Broadcast Reporter of the Year
  • Business Journalist of the Year
  • Columnist of the Year
  • Community Journalist of the Year
  • Feature Writer of the Year (long & short-form)
  • Photographer of the Year
  • Political Journalist of the Year
  • Regional Journalist of the Year
  • Reporter of the Year
  • Reviewer of the Year
  • Sports Journalist of the Year
  • Science Journalist of the Year
  • Video awards where appropriate

The same story can also be submitted to Best individual investigation.

A story entered into the Best innovation in digital storytelling (team entry) can be entered by the journalist into ONE other sub category as well as:

  • Best individual investigation
  • Junior Reporter of the Year
  • Best reporting – Māori affairs
  • Broadcasting awards where appropriate, including Broadcast Reporter of the Year
  • Feature Writer of the Year (long and short-form)
  • Junior Feature Writer of the Year
  • Business Journalist of the Year
  • Columnist of the Year
  • Community Journalist of the Year
  • Regional Journalist of the Year
  • Reporter of the Year
  • Political Journalist of the Year
  • Sports Journalist of the Year
  • Science Journalist of the Year

Yes, there is no restriction on the number of categories you may enter.

No, only one entry per person or team. The exception is:

  • Publishers can nominate up to THREE executives for Editorial Executive of the Year.  Publishers with an employee base of more than 500 can enter up to FIVE candidates.
  • Editors and publishers may enter the newspaper, magazine and website categories multiple times, if the publications are different.
  • News organisations may enter Best innovation in digital storytelling up to FIVE times, with separate entries.

Yes, you can enter any of the award categories. The junior categories are open to individuals who have been employed in the publishing industry for three years or less at the time of publication.

Student journalists, including interns, can enter any category, including Junior Feature Writer of the Year and Junior Reporter of the Year.

The News Publishers’ Association in consultation with senior publishers and editorial directors.

No, they do the job as a contribution to journalism. The judges work in pairs for each category. The names of the judges will not be announced until April 2021, when judging is complete.

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