The Star was a finalist in several awards categories at the NZ Community Newspapers’ Independent Better Newspapers awards, which were announced at the weekend.
Star reporter Shawn McAvinue was runner-up in the Best Senior Feature/Lifestyle Journalist in the Class 2 (15,000+ circulation) section of the awards.
In addition, The Star was runner up in the Best Front Page category (Class 2). Judge Stuart Howie said the two submitted front page entries – one about representative sport and the other about bullying – showed that the paper was “willing to rip the lid off a topic”.
The paper also earned special praise from Community Involvement judge Greg Treadwell, who described The Star as “something of a heavyweight in this category . . . [which] never fails to amaze with the depth of its involvement”.
The topic of the entry was the Saving Our Native Species campaign to raise $60,000 for Wildlife Hospital Dunedin.
“Such projects reinforce the connection between a community and its newspaper(s) and show the worth of a hard-working newsroom to its [community] and to its publisher. Remarkable, really,” Mr Treadwell said.
Allied Press community newspapers picked up a swag of prizes at the awards ceremony, held in Rotorua last Friday night.
Former Mountain Scene reporter, now Otago Daily Times regions editor, Louise Scott won the award for best senior news journalist.
The award for overall best newspaper and supreme winner went to The Star in Christchurch.
Allied Press Ltd titles Oamaru Mail and Mountain Scene were runners-up for best all-round newspaper in classes 1 and 2 respectively.