Which-50 won the coveted Best Title award (also known colloquially as a Gold Lizzie*) at the 2018 ACS IT Journalism Awards held in Sydney last week.
The final award of the evening, the accolade recognises the publication with the best overall result across the categories. The earlier awards are scored by peer review.
Best Journalist was won by The Australian Financial Review’s Paul Smith, while Paul Farrell, now at Buzzfeed won the new Investigative Journalism award for work he did at the Guardian hunting down and collecting his own Medicare details from the Dark Web.
Longtime media identity Pete Blasina (better known as The Gadget Guy) won the inaugural IT Media Pioneer award.
The Lizzies, now in their 16th year and the brainchild of MediaConnect founder Philip Sim, are the technology media’s highest honour, recognising the best technology journalism and media in Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to the major sponsor, Australian Computer Society, other sponsors included NEC, Hanover Fairs, Watterson PR, and Belkin.
There are 23 categories covering business and consumer reporting and recognising both individual journalists and publications.
Earlier in the evening Which-50 also won the Best Business Technology Coverage award for stories by John Birmingham, Tess Bennett and Andrew Birmingham including;
- The Watson Cancer Story IBM Doesn’t Talk About
- The Quiet Catastrophe and Reinvention of Book Publishing
- Opaque AI, Can We Manage the Risk?
- Blockchain Won’t Upend digital Marketing -Yet
(*Lizzie is short for Lizard, and is a play on David Frith’s long-acknowledged moniker of IT journalists as “The Reptiles of the Press.”)