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AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2019: Winners Revealed

The Association for Online Publishing (AOP) celebrated both individuals and businesses at its annual awards ceremony last Thursday night.

AOP Digital Publishing Awards 2019: Winners Revealed
The team from the Telegraph collecting the Best Digital Consumer Publishing Company award. Photograph: AOP

Hosted in partnership with PubMatic, the AOP’s flagship event at Old Billingsgate in London honoured individuals, publishers, advertisers, agencies, and suppliers across 24 categories. Now in its 17th year, the 2019 ceremony saw the Best Digital Consumer Publishing Company awarded to Telegraph Media Group, while InfoPro Digital won Best Digital B2B Publishing Company.

On the night, Aaron Walawalker at Ilford Recorder won The Local Hero Award for Regional Digital Journalism award, a new category for this year, which reflects on the increasing importance of local journalism. Aaron was awarded the accolade for his local crowdfunding campaign called Redbridge Together to improve the London Borough of Redbridge’s rough sleeping crisis, which demonstrated the power of local journalism to bring stories to the attention of his readers. By humanising the story; Aaron created a campaign that went national and raised £21,123 for charity.

Also new for 2019, the Digital Publishing Award for Employer Excellence was presented to Raconteur. The initiatives presented to the judges showed how the culture of the company has changed through the implementation of programmes to improve employee wellbeing. As well as creating a motivated workforce, Raconteur saw its profit figures improve, demonstrating an overall impact on the business by investing in its people.

“The awards are a fantastic chance to celebrate and honour the exceptional talent that prevails across our industry”, commented Richard Reeves, Managing Director at AOP. “This year’s event was no exception – each and every finalist impressed during the judging process in another challenging year for publishing.

“We are especially pleased to recognise the value of local journalism and employer excellence through our two new awards. The importance of investigative content to society and its communities cannot be underestimated, as local journalism continues to tackle and fight for the big issues. It is also extremely encouraging to see employee wellbeing at the forefront for so many businesses, with diversity, inclusion, and nurturing talent all key priorities for the industry today. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and thank you for all those who celebrated with us, including all our sponsors.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Editorial Excellence

DIGITAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Amy Hunt, WomanAndHome.com, TI Media UK

DIGITAL EDITOR OF THE YEAR

Emma-Louise Pritchard, Country Living, Hearst Magazines UK

THE LOCAL HERO AWARD FOR REGIONAL DIGITAL JOURNALISM

Supported by Google News Initiative

Aaron Walawalker, Ilford Recorder, Archant Community Media

DIGITAL EDITORIAL TEAM OF THE YEAR: B2B

Sponsored by UKOM

Architects’ Journal, EMAP

DIGITAL EDITORIAL TEAM OF THE YEAR: CONSUMER

Beano Digital Network, Beano Studios

BEST USE OF VIDEO OR AUDIO

On a Knife Edge, Vice

Partnerships Excellence

BEST CREATIVE SOLUTIONS LED / CONTENT MARKETING CAMPAIGN

The ESPN Luck Index powered by Intel + ESPN, tpf

BEST COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIP

Sponsored by Lewis Silkin

VICE Film School

BEST MEDIA TECHNOLOGY PARTNER

Revealing The Hidden Web To Deliver Actionable Insights, Permutive

Commercial Excellence

DIGITAL ADVERTISING OPERATIONS TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Xandr

The Bridge Digital Operations Team: Re-Imagining Digital Operations, News UK

DIGITAL SALES PERSON OF THE YEAR

Dan Linton, Chemist+Druggist, Informa

DIGITAL SALES TEAM OF THE YEAR

The Bridge Digital Sales & Strategic Development Team, News UK

Publishing Excellence

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR

The Sun, News UK

BEST DIGITAL PUBLISHING INNOVATION

Sponsored by Deloitte

Decanter, Premium, TI Media UK

BEST RESEARCH / INSIGHT PROJECT

Sun Savers Segmentation, News UK Insights Team

BEST USE OF DATA

Sponsored by 1plusX

Beano Studios

DIGITAL PUBLISHING RISING STAR 2019

Amrit Baidwan, Dennis Publishing

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TEAM OF THE YEAR

Dennis Digital

THE DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARD FOR EMPLOYER EXCELLENCE

Sponsored by Project 23

Raconteur

Grand Prix

BEST ONLINE MEDIA PROPERTY OR BRAND

Sponsored by Sloop Media

B2B — Risk.net, Infopro Digital

BEST ONLINE MEDIA PROPERTY OR BRAND: CONSUMER

Sponsored by ADYOULIKE

bbcgoodfood.com, Immediate Media Co

SMALL DIGITAL PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR

Faversham House

BEST DIGITAL B2B PUBLISHING COMPANY 2019

Sponsored by PubMatic

Infopro Digital

BEST DIGITAL CONSUMER PUBLISHING COMPANY 2019

Sponsored by PubMatic

Telegraph Media Group