Newspapers winners’ work and judges’ comments

 

Best newspaper front page

Judges: Michael Donaldson and Terry Quinn

WINNER:
Sunday Star-Times / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
'We were looking for the ultimate combination of strong content (preferably exclusive), packaged and presented with style and conviction. We (mostly) found that with the Sunday Star Times Page One portfolio: an impressive mix of news strength, quirkiness and ‘read me’ appeal. The aim of any serious Sunday paper must be to set the agenda for other media in the coming week. The SST achieved that on more than one occasion, not least with their revelation that jailed criminal Karel Sroubek had been granted NZ residency. And the news team managed to do it in a year that they transitioned from broadsheet to compact. We were also impressed by their commitment to late-breaking news.'

RUNNER-UP:
Herald on Sunday / NZME

Judges’ comment:
‘There was not much between first and second place with regard to the two Sunday rivals. The Herald on Sunday also splashed a range of compelling stories coupled with their signature bold presentation. They made use of every square centimetre to ‘sell their goods’.’


Community Newspaper of the Year - Sponsored by ASB

Judges: Michael Field and Mike Fletcher

WINNER:
The Beacon / Beacon Publishing Group

Judges’ comment:
‘The entries for Community Newspaper of the Year reflected quality story-telling, sound knowledge of their patches and - judging by the advert revenue - respect from their readers and advertisers. The news/views coverage was wide-ranging, balanced, professional and relentless. Overall, the judging was tight. Just two points separated the winner from the other finalists. The winner, The Beacon, of Whakatane, is a credit to a tough, demanding craft. It demonstrates solid news values, including court and council reporting. The editorial content is a complete package – from hard news to letters, sport, motoring, the arts and club notes, The Beacon knows its community and what the people want.’


Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation)

Judges: Nick Brown, Donna Chisholm and Andrew Holden

WINNER:
Waikato Times / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘This newspaper has shown dedication to its community with hard-hitting stories and campaigns. Its unrelenting pursuit of accountability over Wintec's use of public funds resulted in the Waikato Times last year revealing the extent of yet more questionable spending to avoid public scrutiny. And the Times' multi-faceted Westside Stories series has helped bring Huntly some hope from despair.’

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Newspaper of the Year (more than 30,000 circulation)

Judges: Nick Brown, Donna Chisholm and Andrew Holden

WINNER:
NZ Herald / NZME

Judges’ comment:
‘A number of excellent news breaks, and a quality production across all sections. The standout edition celebrated 125 years of women's suffrage. A complete commitment to the project produced an outstanding edition.’

RUNNER-UP:
The Press / Stuff


Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Judges: Nick Brown, Donna Chisholm and Andrew Holden

WINNER:
Sunday Star-Times / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
‘Agenda-setting news journalism and a refreshing originality to its features put the Sunday Star-Times ahead of the opposition. It broke stories, such as the HRC sexual harassment case and the Sroubek residency debacle, that were among the biggest of the year.’


Voyager Newspaper of the Year - Sponsored by Voyager

Judges: Nick Brown, Donna Chisholm and Andrew Holden

WINNER:
Sunday Star-Times / Stuff

Judges’ comment:
2018 was a stellar year for the Sunday Star-Times. It outshone its rivals by breaking a series of stories that set the national news agenda, dominated public discourse and held authority to account. Its #MeToo campaign dragged hidden cases into the light, and provided a forum where survivors could safely share their experiences. A strong news section was complemented by well-crafted and entertaining features and a compelling stable of columnists. It’s a sharp, well-curated, attractively-designed and authoritative weekend read.’

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