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The Digiday Media Awards, formerly the Digiday Publishing Awards, recognize the companies working to modernize digital media. Over the years, the awards have honored industry-leading work from The New York Times, Dotdash, Meredith, PopSugar and more.

The 2021 Digiday Media Awards finalists have been announced. Check out the full list of those in the running here. On Thursday, June 24 beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT we'll be live on the site celebrating finalists and naming this year's winners. Register for the virtual event below. 

Planning to submit next year? Sign up below for reminders about deadlines. To access everything you'll need to join the ranks of our past winners including our entry kit, expert tips for crafting a winning entry and past coverage of this program, click here.

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KEY DATES

Winners Announcement: June 24

 

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CATEGORIES

 

  

Best EDITORIAL PACKAGE

Awarding the best editorial package created by a newsroom for the reader.

 

    BEST newsletter

    Awarding the best newsletter in terms of value delivered, design and the overall ability to engage an audience.

    Best Virtual Event

    Awarding the best execution of a single virtual event that served as an extension of the publisher’s brand.

     

      Best Virtual Event series

      Awarding the best execution of a virtual event series that served as an extension of the publisher’s brand.

       

        BEST USE OF SOCIAL

        Awarding a social media strategy that has most successfully achieved campaign goals on behalf of a publisher.

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        BEST SITE DESIGN

        Awarding a design that is successful in delivering the best overall user experience through its display of content and advertising across devices.

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        Best custom advertising

        Awarding non-standard advertising options that best serve a combination of user experience and commercial goals.

         

          BEST AD TECH PLATFORM

          Awarding the ad tech platform that has most successfully helped publishers meet set goals.

           

            BEST VIDEO PLATFORM

            Awarding the video platform that has most successfully helped publishers meet set goals.

             

              BEST pUBLISHER PLATFORM

              Awarding a technology that is most successful in helping publishers meet set goals.

               

                Best First-Party Data Strategy

                Awarding the best strategy for collecting and organizing first-party data.

                 

                  Best Commerce Partner

                  Awarding the publisher who has carried out the most mutually beneficial affiliate business with partners.

                   

                    Best Subscription or Membership Product

                    Awarding a paid subscription/membership product that has successfully increased revenue and /or enhanced audience engagement.

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                    BEST DIGITAL PRODUCT INNOVATION

                    Awarding the digital property innovation that best enhanced user experience and improved content or ad delivery.

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                    best revenue diversification strategy

                    Awarding the publisher that has most successfully created opportunities for revenue growth outside of advertising.

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                    EDITORIAL TEAM OF THE YEAR

                    Awarding the editorial team that has delivered the highest quality reporting in pursuit of their editorial mission.

                     

                    PUBLISHING EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

                    Awarding the senior publishing executive that has best displayed excellence through outstanding and inspired work at their company.

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                    BEST NEW VERTICAL OR BRAND

                    Awarding a new publishing vertical or brand that has best displayed excellence through editorial quality and growth.

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                    Best Content Studio

                    Awarding the in-house content team that has successfully met set goals via innovative and engaging production and distribution.

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                    Most Engaged Community

                    Awarding the publisher that has enjoyed consistently high audience engagement and a strong sense of community built around its content.

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                    Media Brand of the Year

                    Awarding the media brand that has been most strategic, knowledgeable and effective in achieving their goals.

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                    Publisher of the Year

                    Awarding a publisher that best displays original thinking, creativity and overall excellence in its approach to media.

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                    JUDGES

                     
                     

                    Jason Anders

                    CHIEF NEWS EDITOR

                    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

                     

                    Dieter Bohn

                    EXECUTIVE EDITOR

                    THE VERGE

                     

                    Mike Bruno

                    EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, CNN UNDERSCORED

                    CNN

                     

                    Michelle Buffardi

                    VP, DIGITAL EDITORIAL, FOOD BRANDS

                    DISCOVERY

                     

                    Adolfo Fernandez

                    GLOBAL PRODUCT STRATEGY MANAGER, RETAIL

                    GOOGLE

                     

                    David Fischer

                    FOUNDER, CEO

                    HIGHSNOBIETY

                     

                    Nina Foroutan

                    DIRECTOR, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

                    FORBES

                     

                    Yvonne Gerald

                    VP, CONSUMER MARKETING

                    TIME

                     

                    Laurie Jennings

                    INSTITUTE DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY EDITOR, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

                    HEARST

                     

                    Ariel Legassa

                    VP, DIGITAL MEDIA

                    NESN

                     

                    Clarissa Matthews

                    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PRODUCT

                    POLITICO

                     

                    Collin McCollough

                    DIRECTOR, B/R GRIDIRON

                    BLEACHER REPORT

                     

                    Daniel McGinn

                    EXECUTIVE EDITOR

                    HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

                     

                    Simone Oliver

                    GLOBAL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

                    REFINERY29

                     

                    Erin Petersen

                    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, HEALTHLINE.COM

                    HEALTHLINE MEDIA

                     

                    Terri Pous

                    MANAGING EDITOR

                    APARTMENT THERAPY

                     

                    Ameena Schelling

                    EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

                    THE DODO

                     

                    Sally Shin

                    EXECUTIVE EDITOR, BUSINESS, TECH & MEDIA

                    NBC NEWS

                     

                    Barbara Thau

                    SENIOR FEATURES EDITOR

                    CO—BY US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

                     

                     

                     

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                    PAST WINNERS

                     

                     

                     

                    2020 WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

                     

                     

                     

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                    HOW TO ENTER

                     

                     

                    1

                    SELECT CATEGORY

                     

                    Choose category or categories you'd like to enter.

                     

                     

                    2

                    ADD DESCRIPTION

                     

                    Enter platform details and answer a few short questions.

                     

                     

                    3

                    UPLOAD WORK

                     

                    Upload a case study showcasing your campaign.

                     

                     

                    4

                    SUBMIT

                     

                    Submit your entry fee payment online.

                     

                     

                     

                    JUDGING CRITERIA

                    The judges will be looking for companies or campaigns that can clearly demonstrate transparent success over the past 12 months. Our judges are seeking companies or campaigns that have seized challenges and created opportunities.

                    Judges will require evidence to substantiate all entries and this could include details of financial performance, results in terms of KPI, creative evidence in terms of a sizzle reel, still images, or links to the final project. The judges will also consider the structure, presentation and clarity of each entry. Interested in being a judge? Submit your nomination here.

                    THE JUDGING PROCESS

                    Judges will read and pre-score all entry forms, considering any supporting materials submitted. Judges will be asked to give a score for each question within the entry form relating to Digiday's four criteria: innovation, creativity, consumer value, and results. These will be combined to give an overall score for each entry. All judges pre-scores will then be combined and the highest scoring entries will determine the shortlists.

                    CONFIDENTIALITY

                    All material will remain confidential to the judges, who are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Only the "Credits" section of an entry is subject to be made public.

                     

                    FAQ

                     

                     

                    What is the eligibility period?

                    The eligibility period for all Digiday Media awards programs begins 12 months prior to the Early Deadline and ends on the Early Deadline. 

                    Can I submit the same campaign or entry in multiple categories?

                    Yes. Entry fees are per category.

                    What parts of my entry are made public?

                    The only information that is ever publicized is the 'Credits' section of your entry, should you be named a finalist or winner. 

                    Who's contact information should we include on the entry form?

                    We use the included contact information for all updates regarding your entry. You should also include a secondary contact & email address in case we aren't able to connect with you.

                    What if my company or a competitor has a judge on the jury panel?

                    We recuse judges from scoring any categories their company or a direct competitor submits to. 

                    When and how are finalists announced?

                    The shortlist will be announced on Digiday.com. The specific date will be included within the confirmation email received post entry. All entrants will be notified, whether you are named a finalist or not, via the email address you included on your entry. 

                    When are the winners announced?

                    All winners are announced virtually. The exact date will be announced with the shortlist. 

                    Can I license the use of the Digiday Media Awards logo?

                    Yes. Our licensing program provides you with the opportunity to further the reach of your win through the use of our seal on your website, via social media, email signatures and more. For more information on the options available, please reach out to our team at awards@digiday.com.

                     

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