Star scoops award


Star scoops award

Good for us!: The Star team is happy to have been recognised with an award.

THE Great Southern Star newspaper has won the Victorian Country Press Association’s 2009 Award for Journalism in the 3000-10,000 circulation category.
The announcement was made at a Gala dinner on Saturday night at Rochford Winery in the Yarra Valley.
“The winner, with definitely more than a head in front of the pack, was The Great Southern Star,” states the judge, Dr Mandy Oakham, a senior lecturer in journalism at RMIT.
“This entrant was a stand out, with very powerful fronts with a production staff not frightened of trying something different in terms of layout and use of photographs.
“The not-to-be missed headline “Footbrawl” did its job, grabbing the reader by the throat, especially with pictures of “the good”, “the bad”, and “the ugly”spread out across the top of this page which was dominated by the colours of the winning football team, which had its victory marred by drunken violence,” the judge stated.
“Other great fronts included the action captured as a local councillor was attacked in the council chambers.”
The front featuring the celebration of a win for local hero Jarryd Roughead and his Hawks in the 2008 AFL grand final also caught the eye of the judge.
“This paper surely demonstrates that just because news is local it is not lacking in impact or drama. This is good hard news coverage at its best, be it on the sports field or in the council chambers.”
Publisher of The Star, Tony Giles, praised the paper’s journalists for their efforts in gaining the award: editor Danny Buttler, and journalists Jane Ross, Bert van Bedaf, Brad Lester, Matt Dunn, and Chris Brown.
“We don’t go out expecting these awards but it is great to receive them,” Mr Giles said.
“I would also like to thank our production team for some great layouts; and indeed all
our staff from administration, to advertising, to graphic reproduction; I see it as a solid team effort.”
Highly commended in this cateogory were The Riverine Herald, Echuca, Pakenham-Berwick Gazette and the South Gippsland Sentinel-Times.
The Star’s sister newspaper, the Yarram Standard, collected the award for Local Reporting in the under 3000 circulation category for its extensive fire coverage. The awards were sponsored by Australia Post.

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