IAG CEO Jacki Johnson presents Excellence in Insurance Journalism Award

This week (9 July 2014), IAG NZ CEO and Insurance Council New Zealand (ICNZ) President Jacki Johnson joined in prize giving at the inaugural Excellence in Insurance Journalism Awards, which celebrates reporters whose work has enhanced Kiwis’ understanding of complex insurance-related topics.

Jacki handed Fairfax reporter Eloise Gibson first prize of $4,000 for her coverage of a number of insurance-related topics, including the changes to the way Kiwi’s insure their homes and consumer contracts.  Radio New Zealand journalist Eric Frykberg was also awarded the Highly Commended prize of $1,000 for his documentary, ‘Can NZ afford another big quake?’, which judges described as: “a compelling piece of insurance-related journalism”.

From left to right: Karyn Scherer, Competenz Journalism National Account Manager; Radio New Zealand reporter Eric Frykberg, winner of the Highly Commended award; Fairfax reporter Eloise Gibson, winner of the main award for Excellence in Insurance Journalism Award and Jacki Johnson, IAG CEO and President of ICNZ.

From left to right: Karyn Scherer, Competenz Journalism National Account Manager; Radio New Zealand reporter Eric Frykberg, winner of the Highly Commended award; Fairfax reporter Eloise Gibson, winner of the main award for Excellence in Insurance Journalism Award and Jacki Johnson, IAG CEO and President of ICNZ.

ICNZ set up the award with New Zealand Journalists Training Organisation (NZJTO) to recognise the role the media plays in helping shape people’s understanding of insurance products and services and the industry’s contribution to the economy and society as a whole.

Mike Fletcher, Executive Director of NZJTO, said: “The award will encourage journalists to write about an industry that is such an important part of everyday life.”.

To read more about the awards and winners, click here.

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