OnAwards 2nd December I chaired a meeting of the judges for the Mediatel Media Research Awards 2016 and as a result we have shortlists for each of the categories which you can view here on Newsline. We also know who won, but that won’t be revealed until the Awards Ceremony at the Banking Hall on  11 Feb  (tickets available here).

The judges did spontaneously comment before the meeting even officially began about the particularly high quality of the entries this year, quite an achievement given how strong last year’s competition was. Perhaps entrants were taking notes during our inaugural event last year about what it takes to make a winning entry. It was certainly noticeable how many projects combined a range of techniques or different datasets to maximise their impact. We had so many entries for the Custom Research category that this category will give Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to reflect the impressive range of entries.