Al Jazeera English Wins Web Award

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Al Jazeera English scooped the Best Website of the Year award at the sixth annual Online Media Awards, along with three other awards and two commendations.

The awards are organised by global media platform and marketing website The Drum, and judged by an international panel of journalists, PR professionals and media personalities.

Al Jazeera's senior editor for digital video, Yasir Khan, beat ten other nominees to win Online Editor of the Year, while Al Jazeera's Alaa Batayneh won the award for Most Effective Media Tool.

Batayneh developed the Al Jazeera Newsroom Toolbox, a collection of seven bespoke applications designed to help editors deliver content faster and more efficiently.

A multimedia essay titled Banished: Why menstruation can mean exile in Nepal picked up the award for Best Use of Photography.

Giles Trendle, Acting Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, said he was 'delighted' with the wins.

"The competition was tough and we were up against the very best in the business, so it's a great honour to receive such industry recognition for the quality of our content and the talent of our teams," he said.

In addition to the awards, Al Jazeera also received a commendation in the Best Commentary/Blogging category for online editor Barry Malone's piece on why the channel stopped using the word 'migrants' to describe the refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

Other media organisations nominated for awards included Britain’s Channel 4, The Guardian, and ITV.