Argentina’s La Nación is big winner at 2019 Digital Media LATAM Awards

Media outlets from Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia won at the 2019 Digital Media LATAM Awards given by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 12.

The awards "recognize news media companies and entitites affiliated with the news media industry within the region which have adopted digital media and mobile strategies as part of their total product offering to meet the major changes in how people consume news and information today."

Newspaper La Nación of Argentina was the media company with the most winnings at four prizes, including the Jury Prize for Best Digital Journalism Project for their series “Los cuadernos de las coimas” (The bribery notebooks). The project, which details alleged government corruption, allows readers to virtually search through the notebooks at the heart of the political scandal.

“Impressive presentation and the search element for the audience makes it easier and interactive. It’s a great example of investigative journalism, put at the audience’s disposal,” said jury member Selymar Colón, according to WAN-IFRA.

The awards were given during the 2019 Digital Media LATAM Conference held in Rio de Janeiro from Nov. 11 to 13.

For this fifth edition of the awards, the WAN-IFRA received 120 projects from 45 companies in 12 countries.

WAN-IFRA represents more than 3,000 companies in 120 countries and its mission is to “defend and promote press freedom quality journalism and editorial integrity, also promoting business success.” Its Americas office is located in Mexico City.

Winners of the Latin American edition of these awards will go on to face winners from Africa, Asia, South Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America at the World Digital Media Awards 2020 held during the World News Media Congress in Zaragoza, Spain in June 2020.

Winners of the 2019 Digital Media LATAM Awards (Photo: Courtesy WAN-IFRA)

Winners of the 2019 Digital Media LATAM Awards (Photo: Courtesy WAN-IFRA).

The winners are below. To see a list with the second and third place winners, click here.

Best Site of Mobile News Service: GaúchaZH (Brazil)

Best Site or Mobile Service for Fashion, Entertainment and/or Sports: Homem na Lua” (The man on the moon in AR) by O Globo (Brazil)

Best Use of Online Video (including VR): “Cazatormentas en Córdoba” (The Storms of Córdoba) by La Voz del Interior (Argentina)

Best Data Visualization: “Los cuadernos de las coimas” (The notebooks of bribes) by La Nación (Argentina)

Best Digital News Start-Up: RED/ACCIÓN (Argentina)

Best Loyalty Project on Social Networks: Historias de La Nación en Instagram (Argentina)

Best Branded Content or Native Advertising Project: #FRONTROW by La Nación (Argentina)

Best Content Payment Strategy: Dynamic Funnel by O Globo (Brazil)

Best Digital Marketing Campaign for News Brands: “180 años El Comercio” (180 years El Comercio) by El Comercio (Peru)

Best Loyalty Project for Young Audiences: “Bicentenario, 200 años de lo que somos” (Bicentennial, 200 years of who we are) by El Tiempo (Colombia)

Jury Prize for Best Digital Journalism Project: “Los cuadernos de las coimas” (The notebooks of bribes) by La Nación (Argentina)


*Editor’s note: Rosental Alves, director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, was part of the jury for the awards.