Following the demise of the Magazine Publishers Associations annual awards night this year after 11 years, the launch of a new awards night has been announced.
The Australian Magazine Awards (AMA) will be hosted by Ad News and is open to all magazines, including non Magazine Publishers of Australia members; however the titles must be ABC audited and have a Roy Morgan readership figure.
As reported in Ad News, the judging criteria includes circulation and readership growth, advertising volume, front cover, editorial content, layout and design. The program will not be by entry but will be appraised on set criteria by a team of independent judges chaired by Steve Allen, managing director of Fusion Strategy.
Judging will take place on 1st October with the winners announced in a special supplement published with the 6th November edition of Ad News.
Nick Keenan, head of non broadcast at Mediacom and inaugural AMA judge said, "Magazines have a real need for something like this. Australia consumes an enormous amount of magazine per capita and a lot of exceptional work being done in the sector goes largely unreported, purely because of the quantity of titles out there."
Whilst the AMA have filled the hole left by the Magazine Publishers Association for consumer titles, the highly successful Publishers Australia, Bell Awards are now in its 14th year and the awards to be held on 20th November this year, is a prestigious awards program that recognises excellence in all facets of publishing within Australia.
According to Publishers Australia executive director, Alan Sarkissian, this year the awards will include more award categories to fully recognise excellence in B2B, B2C, Customer publishing as well as Digital publishing. Other categories for Associate Members will be included in the awards list. A significant new category is the Sustainability Award open to all sectors of publishing.
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