In a ceremony broadcast via, YouTube and Facebook Live, INMA revealed 58 first-place winners across 20 categories. 

The Global Media Awards announcement was supported by the Google News Initiative.

Winning the Best In Show Award was Mittelbayerische Zeitung and its collaborative 'Drive' initiative of regional German publishers sharing data, resources and insights to support their digital subscription strategy.

Judges selected from finalists the best in six world regions. Announced were:
  • Best in Africa: Nation Media Group for 'Nation Leadership Forum'
  • Best in Asia / Pacific: Stuff for 'Ta Matou Pono, Our Truth'
  • Best in Europe: Mittelbayerische Zeitung for 'Drive'
  • Best in Latin America: El Colombiano for 'Dame tres minutos y te explico'
  • Best in North America: The Globe and Mail for 'Fully dynamic, personalised, real-time paywall', and
  • Best in South Asia: The Hindustan Times for 'Hindustan Times Code-a-Thon: India's Largest Coding Olympiad'
The 2021 Global Media Awards competition garnered 644 entries from 212 news media brands in 37 countries. Participants included:
  • newspaper media
  • magazine media
  • digital media
  • television media, and
  • radio media.
The INMA competition evaluates news media companies across three segments: national brands, regional brands and media groups. INMA has presented awards for media excellence since 1937.

"Not surprisingly, the outstanding entries in 2021's competition leaned heavily into Covid responses along with shifting priorities during a tumultuous year: product, data and subscriptions," says Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of INMA.

"Another underlying theme was about communicating the values held by news brands amid the misinformation explosion and the rise of algorithms, data and machine learning in the everyday running of a media company," adds Wilkinson.

Typically announced at a closing dinner at INMA's World Congress of News Media, 2021's announcement was virtual for a second straight year due to the global pandemic.

It featured Jamaican TV host Terri-Karelle Reid as emcee with analysis by Robbie Brown of the Google News Initiative. The awards were announced by members of INMA's Young Professionals Committee. 

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