MediaConnect’s 2020 IT Journalism Awards, commonly known as the Lizzies, have been postponed until later in the year due to COVID-19 concerns.
The IT Journalism Awards were due to run on Friday 20 March, but organisers are working with the venue Sydney’s Luna Park on alternative dates. MediaConnect said that a date will be announced “once we know it is safe to hold an event of this nature again”.
“Nothing is more important than your health and safety. Our sponsors, Samsung, Amazon Web Services, Watterson Marketing Communications, Atlassian and Enex Testlabs have backed this decision to postpone. We all believe it is the right and responsible thing to do,” MediaConnect said in a statement.
“We considered other options, but the overwhelming consensus from the community is that you deeply value the opportunity that the Lizzies provides to truly come together and share in each other’s success. Unfortunately, now is not the right time for that to happen.”
All tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled Awards, and refunds are available if required.
Finalists for the IT Journalism Awards were announced earlier this month, and include niche publishers:
- Best News Coverage: ARN, CNET, Computerworld Australia, CRN, Finder, Gizmodo, iTnews, Kotaku Australia, NITV, Progress Bar, Stevivor, Which-50.
- Best Business Coverage: AdNews, ARN, Computerworld Australia, CRN, iTnews, Which-50
- Best Gaming Coverage: Checkpoint Gaming, CNET, GameSpot, Good Game Spawn Point, How Games Play Us, IGN Australia, Kotaku Australia, Pixel Sift, Player2.net.au, Progress Bar, Stevivor, Super Jump, Vooks, Which-50
- Best Consumer Coverage: CNET, Finder, Gizmodo Australia, Lawson Media (Supercharged Podcast), NITV, Pickr, Reviews.org/au/, TechLife Australia, The Gadget Grill, WhistleOut Australia
- Best Independent Coverage: Ausdroid Media, Craving Tech, Explosion Network, Pickr & The Wrap, Player2.net.au, Progress Bar, Stevivor, Super Jump, Tech Guide, Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News, Vooks.
A full list of finalists can be found here.