BY ashley 2 MINUTE READ

The International News Media Association (INMA), which runs the annual Global Media Awards, has nominated Fast Company SA’s Most Innovative Companies Conference and Awards.

Fast Company SA is nominated in the category ‘Best Use of an Event to Build a News Brand’ in the Groups section.

This year’s Most Innovative Companies event will be taking place on 14 April. Nominations for the awards have now closed and excitement is mounting as the judges are in the process of reviewing all entrants and deciding which companies are deserving of the prestigious MIC awards.

Since 2008, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies edition has been the definitive source for recognising the organisations that are transforming industries and shaping societies.

The MIC event has taken a giant leap forward this year, introducing a virtual and hybrid awards session to coincide with the publication of its Most Innovative Companies magazine.

The INMA Global Media Awards platform includes 20 categories focused on excellence in news brands, media platforms, subscriptions, business development, and data and insights. The competition judges similar brands with groups for national news brands, regional news brands, and — for the first time — groups.

In light of the pandemic, the shortlist of nominees this year are centered around clear themes of community outreach, brand-building, subscriptions, and data innovation. The competition garnered approximately 644 entries from 212 news brands in 37 countries. The finalists hail from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Other companies in the shortlist include Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd., Russmedia, NZME, and News Corp Australia.

Judging for the Global Media Awards took place in February with 44 media experts from 22 countries. The judging process focused on breakthrough results, unique concepts, strong creativity, innovative thinking, and winner synergies across the different platforms.

All the entries for this year’s awards can be found on INMA.org’s Best Practices archive. Finalists may be viewed publicly, while all other entries are reserved exclusively for INMA members. In addition, INMA has over 6,500 “best practices” from the past decade of Global Media Awards competitions. These can be sorted through based on finalists and winners, category, year, and country.

Go to inma.org to view the full list of finalists and categories. For more information on the MIC event and ticket information, keep an eye out on the Fast Company SA website and social media platforms.