Here at nzdoctor.co.nz we were thrilled this year to be
finalists in the Best Online News Website category
of the national Canon Media Awards. These prestigious awards
recognise excellence in journalism throughout the New Zealand print
and online media.
For New Zealand Doctor the category presented an
opportunity to show our website is on a par with news websites
produced by much larger news organisations - The New Zealand Herald
Here's what the judges had to say about
"This subscriber-model site shows what can be done in the service
of a community of practice and by journalists within a specialised
"All news must be 100 per cent accurate - and health news doubly
so, of course. The site's editorial content speaks of a newsroom
focused on providing well-considered journalism that resonates of
balance and fairness.
"A 2010 site revamp is well bedded in now and the New Zealand
Doctor speaks with knowledge and authority for an audience
whose field is both complex and elite in nature.
"The newsroom is to be congratulated for the work it does for a
wide range of practitioners and other interested parties.
"The news is straight as a dye, from community health meetings to
podcasts on health issues, and the comment varied and rich.
"Blogs from commentators in the health media and other parts of the
sector make it an intersection of important opinion and attracts
good engagement from readers.
"Alongside the site's strong journalism runs the un-moderated
content on health matters provided by a wide range of contributors,
from touring speakers to Green Party media statements. It's all
clearly delineated and explained, what's more.
"The site functions as a multi-purpose centre of interest for the
health sector, also offering free and display advertising,
resources for general practitioners and a hub for links to
well-judged 'useful' websites.
"The sense of professional community is strong, helped by good
integration with the fortnightly print product and the inevitable
That's big praise for a small team!
Our print publication New Zealand Doctor was also highly
commended in the Best Trade Professional
The judges' summary:
"Bright and clean, the publication combines top quality production
values with the thought-provoking investigative journalism and
editorial depth required in an often conflicted and constantly
evolving health sector."
And we'll keep bringing our readers great coverage - online and in
New Zealand Doctor