The 2021 competition by the INMA garnered 644 entries from 212 news brands in 37 countries. The finalists hail from Africa, Asia / Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.

First-place winners, regional winners and the global Best In Show will be unveiled on Thsurday, 3 June in a virtual announcement.

Leading the finalist list were entries from:
  • India (47)
  • the United States (36)
  • Austria and Norway (22 each)
  • Australia, and
  • New Zealand and Sweden (with 19 finalists each).
Companies that led the INMA shortlist include:
  • Bennett, Coleman and Co. Ltd. (17)
  • Russmedia (17)
  • NZME (15), and
  • News Corp Australia (14).
The 2021 INMA Global Media Awards include 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 groups.

Judging for the Global Media Awards, which have been presented by INMA since 1937, was held in February with 44 media experts from 22 countries, which was focused on:
  • breakthrough results
  • unique concepts
  • strong creativity
  • innovative thinking, and
  • winner synergies across platforms.
The 644 entries in the awards competition are live on in the association's Best Practices archive. Finalists may be viewed publicly, while all other entries are reserved exclusively for INMA members.

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