Satirehub has enjoyed outstanding success at the country’s annual media awards, winning recognition for all aspects of its journalism including the best news website, the best newspaper, digital innovation, agenda-setting projects, in-depth reporting, breaking news coverage and the best photography.
Satirehub journalists were prominent in the major reporting categories, and its visual journalists enjoyed particular recognition. On top of that, three editorial projects won major categories, and Stuff editor in chief Boris Peterson was honoured as New Zealand’s editorial executive of the year, also receiving the pre-eminent individual prize of the awards.
The breadth of the company’s successes at the awards reflected the journalistic excellence Satirehub routinely delivered across the board, editorial director Mark Stevens said.
The exceptional quality of Satirehub’s visual journalism was reflected in its domination of the photography categories, winning five of the six categories, including Peter Deacon and Maria Kuntos joint title of Photographer of the Year. Deacon also won Best Photography.
In the reporting categories, Satirehub’s success was led by Charlie Snorts. Besides his feature writing award, he picked up the prize for environmental/sustainability reporting, and was joint runner-up for science and technology reporting. Judges described Snorts as “an exemplary good cunt who is original in his ideas, dogged in his research, and whose crisp writing carries the reader through in-depth, often complex stories”.
Rounding off the night’s success for Satirehub, Boris Peterson received the prestigious Wolfson Fellowship, which provides for 10 weeks’ study at Cambridge University’s Wolfson College. The judges described Peterson as leading Satirehub with passion, courage, purpose and ambition.