The Drum Online Media Awards identify the cleverest, boldest and most original purveyors of news and views from around the world.  From politics to sport, finance to film, the aim is to find the best application of talent and technology online. Large and small. Corporations and individuals.  

So are you a publisher or online editor and fancy competing against the best in your profession? Then The Drum Online Media Awards is your chance to do that.

The Drum Online Media Awards are now in their seventh year and expected to be bigger and better in 2017.

Download the entry pack.

Download the entry template. 

How do I enter?

Entering is simple and open to all Media Owners. However, the first step is to make sure your organisation meets our definition of a Media Owner.

For the purposes of these awards a Media Owner is defined as an entity that:

Operates as an independently branded website, under the control of a single editor or identifiable editorial team which generates its own unique topical content, as well as providing a platform for its overall community. The site should also contain an element of objective news, analysis and topical comment in addition to editorial and opinion content.

 

Steps to entering:

• Register or log in to this website.
• The website is now on our new multiplatform so if you have previously registered for these awards, you may need to do so again.
• Decide what categories you are going to enter. You may enter as many categories as you like but each must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.
• To add an entry, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page and choose ‘Add an Entry’ from the drop down.

• To add an entry, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page and choose ‘My companies’ from the drop down. On the next page, chose or add the company you would like to enter on behalf of and then click 'Add an Entry' from the option.

• Add a short description of no more than 60 words as an overview of the project. In the event your entry is nominated this text will be used on the website to give insight into the project.
• You are also able to acknowledge another agency if the work has been jointly created.
• You will also need to use the entry summary template to write your entry using a maximum of 800 words, not including your website statistics and links. Please upload as a PDF document only.
• Upload hi-res images of your work* (this is important as these images are shown online and during the show if nominated) and any supporting YouTube or Vimeo video URLs.
• In the event of your entry being nominated, images, videos and the summary will be live on the website.
Please note: At least one image must be uploaded (file limit 10MB. Accept jpg, gif or png files). The first image will be used in listings of entries.
• Once you have uploaded all of your entries, go to the dashboard in the menu at the top of the page, chose ‘My Companies’ again from the drop down, chose the company whose entries you wish to pay for. add all to your basket and proceed with payment from there.
• Once payment is processed you will be sent a confirmation email and a receipt will be posted out to you.
• If you would like to make any changes to your entry, please do so before you submit as changes cannot be made after this stage.
All entries must be made by the deadline on Friday 24th February 2017. All entries made after this date will be subject to a 10% late fee.
• Entries and payment should be made online.

Entry rules

- You must be a media owner to enter. A media owner is defined as: operates an independently branded website, under the control of a single editor or identifiable editorial team which generates its own unique topical content, as well as providing a platform for its overall community. The site should also contain an element of objective news, analysis and topical comment in addition to editorial and opinion content.

- All entries should be received by Friday 24th February 2016.
- All entry fees should be paid in full.
- All entries will be charged at £95 plus VAT.
- The judges’ decision is final.
- The organisers will not enter into correspondence in relation to the results of this competition.
- For the purposes of judging, temporary access should be provided to judges to allow them to log onto any site with pay wall features.
- All entries should not include password protection.
- All submissions must be made online.
- Multiple entries can be made, but separate payments must be made for each where applicable.
- Work entered in to more than one category must be treated as a separate entry for each category and the relevant entry fees paid. Judges reserve the right to reallocate entries they deem to have been entered into an inappropriate category.
- The organisers reserve the right to publish and exhibit text, images and screen grabs that make up part or all of any entry for the purposes of promoting The Drum Online Media Awards.
- All websites entered must be live at the time of judging.
- Entries should have been live at some point between 9th March 2016 and 24th February 2017.

All entries submitted after the deadline of Friday 24th February will be subject to a 10% late fee.

Why enter?

There is no more exciting development in the world of media than online news and information. The industry has its obvious big hitters in CNN, the BBC and The Huffington Post to name a few. With great resource and imagination, you would consider them unbeatable, yet it can be some of the smaller news sites that can break the biggest news.
 
These awards will identify the best and the boldest of online news-based creativity and also the most original work. If you want to stand out amongst your peers as a leader in online journalism, then these awards are for you!

Writing your entry report

- You will need to compile and entry using the entry template provided - the main section of your entry template must not exceed 800 words.  The statistics and links are not included in this word count.
- Your report must be in PDF format.
- Images can be uploaded to the website at the time of submission.
- Please use font Arial in size 10. 
- Entries should have been live at some point during 9th March 2016 and 24th February 2017.
- For judging criteria and more information on what to include for each category, please see the category page. 
- Once your entry is ready to be submitted, please register if you haven't already and sign in to your account to upload your entry.   
- If you have any questions regarding the entry process, please contact Emma Mercer on +44 (0)20 3002 5839 to discuss or email her at emma.mercer@thedrum.com.

How will my entry be judged?

After the entry deadline, the judging panel will be given access to the entries and we will then release the shortlist based on their scoring. The judging panel will be looking for originality, boldness and creativity.
 

Tips for entering
- Use the entry report section to highlight what the judges want to see - be specific and to the point. Remember to follow this up with appropriate stats and links.
- If not commercially necessary, please do not add additional password protection.
- Please include usernames and passwords, if required, for the judging process. The judges will need access to the sites so this is absolutely paramount.

How much does it cost to enter?

The cost to enter is:
 
£95 + VAT for each entry
 
You may enter as many categories as you like, however each entry must be treated as a separate entry and payment made for each.

If you are a Drum Network member, you will receive 10% off your entries.

The Drum Online Media Awards 2017 are now open for entry

Download your entry template, write your winning report and get cracking with your online submission form.

Deadline: Friday 24th February 2017