We are delighted to note that Mint has won two awards at the 7th Annual Asia Media Awards competition organized by IFRA Asia. The awards were presented in Macau on 2 April. IFRA is a research, networking and consulting organization based in Germany, and started as an entity focused on newspaper technology.
Mint won a Gold in the Best in Special Coverage category for newspapers with a circulation of at least 100,000 copies. The award is for the City At Sixty series that the newspaper ran in mid-August. According to IFRA, awards in this category recognize “newspaper special sections or magazine special issues that demonstrate high standards of content, overall design, and photography as well as originality to explore a topic of significance.”
The City at Sixty series looked at how India’s major cities have changed since independence. A combination of reportage-driven text, photographs and infographics, the series was the result of several weeks of reporting, photo research, and on-assignment photography. Between 13 August and 17 August (15 August is India’s Independence Day), Mint looked at how five Indian cities, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore, had changed in the 60 years between 1947, when India won its independence from the British, and 2007.
Mint also won a Silver in the Best in Newspaper Design category for newspapers with a circulation of at least 100,000 copies. According to IFRA, entries in this category were “judged not only on design but on how design is used to project the contents, including the use of typography, photography, information graphics, and colour.”
The IFRA awards follow Priyanka Narain winning the CNN Young Journalist Award in December and Amit Varma, then a Mint columnist, winning the 2007 Bastiat Prize for Journalism in October for his writings in Mint.
The success of Mint, which we started in February 2007 with a simple promise to all of you that it would be a “clear-minded chronicler of the Indian dream”, is as much a function of design as it is of content, and rests on works such as the City at Sixty series. Thank you for making us part of your daily reading.
You can read the City at Sixty stories at www.livemint.com/cityatsixty.htm