Best in the biz? We won’t ar­gue with you, Mr Murdoch

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Gazette was crowned Com­mu­nity News­pa­per of the Year in Syd­ney at the News Limited awards on Satur­day night.

With News Cor­po­ra­tion owner Ru­pert Murdoch among the in­vited guests, the Gazette was judged the best com­mu­nity news­pa­per out of 105 con­tenders.

News Limited chair­man John Har­ti­gan paid trib­ute to the Gazette for the ac­co­lade.

“Your achieve­ment is a con­sid­er­able one,” he said.

“This cat­e­gory at­tracted more en­tries than ever, and you have tri­umphed over com­pe­ti­tion from sub­stan­tially big­ger and bet­ter-re­sourced pa­pers.

“The sheer en­ergy of the Gazette is an in­spi­ra­tion - I don’t know how you do so much with such a small staff, but I’m deeply im­pressed that you do.”

Gazette edi­tor Greg McLean said it was a priv­i­lege to ac­cept the award on be­half of his col­leagues.

“The ef­fort our team puts in week in and week out to de­liver the Dou­glas re­gion the best in lo­cal news makes me feel hon­oured to work along­side them,” he said.

“We’re al­ways striv­ing to do bet­ter and we’ve got some ex­cit­ing new projects on the hori­zon which we look for­ward to bring­ing to the com­mu­nity in the com­ing months.

“But like all com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, we’re only as good as the com­mu­nity we serve, and we don’t need an award to tell us ours is the best.”

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