M&G wins with innovation at Sikuvile awards
The Sikuvile awards recognises the highest standard in journalistic experience. The Mail & Guardian team were announced as finalists in seven of the awards' categories and took the honours for one of them, as well as a commendation.
The M&G Online, along with production editor for the tablet editions Ines Schumacher, won the multi-platform award for a collaborative series on Zuma.
The M&G's Verashni Pillay and Rhodé Marshall also received a commendation in the multimedia category for the M&G Live Hangouts.
"We're ecstatic about winning an award that we feel means the most, because it's the award that looks to the future of journalism in South Africa, where news isn't dependent on any particular medium, but is a commodity to be consumed on the platform of the reader's choice.
"It's a truly converged award because it doesn't belong to just one journalist but a whole team, which is the foundation of digital journalism," said M&G Online editor Chris Roper.
The winners in the categories were:
Hard news: Mkhululi Ndamase, Shaanaz de Jager, Karen van Rooyen and Graeme Hosken, St Francis inferno, The Herald
Columns/Editorial: Carol Paton for a series of columns: What has changed from Polokwane to Mangaung, Real economy not a part of ANC's closed circuit debate, NUM needs to be ruthless about money and politics, Business Day
Enterprise news: Thabiso Thakali, Waterless on road to Mangaung, Saturday Star
Feature writing: Lucas Ledwaba for Marikana: The aftermath, City Press
Investigative journalism: Adriaan Basson and Paddy Harper for Nkandlagate, City Press
Editorial cartoons: Brendon Reynolds for Dignity Restored, Business Day
Graphic journalism: Jaco Grobbelaar for HMS Titanic, Graphics24
Popular journalism: Glacier Nkhwashu, Daily Sun
News photographs: Alon Skuy for Marikana Massacre , the Times
Sport photographs: Deaan Vivier for Springbok Rugby, Foto24
Feature photographs: Felix Dlangamandla for Mourning, Beeld
Presentation (layout and design): John-Grant Munro, Die Burger
Multi-platform: Verashni Pillay on behalf of M&G online and Ines Schumacher for Zuma series
Multimedia: Liezel Els, Pippie Kruger, Beeld
SA story of the year: The Tragedy of Marikana, City Press
Rising star of the year: Kristen van Schie from the Star
Newspaper journalist of the year: Adriaan Basson and Paddy Harper for Nkandlagate, City Press
Allan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achiever Award: Alf Kumalo
Joel Mervis award for layout, typography and pictures: City Press
Editor of the year: Ferial Haffajee, City Press
Print Media Fellowship Award: Caxton's Piet Greyling and Gordon Utian.