SBT win­ners at press awards

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE South Bur­nett Times has won a swag of awards at the Queens­land Coun­try Press Awards.

Deputy ed­i­tor Chris­tian Berechree took first in the in­di­vid­ual jour­nal­ist award for his work at the Times and The West­ern Star in Roma, while Kather­ine Mor­ris was named Young Jour­nal­ist of the Year.

Ed­i­tor Will Hunter and jour­nal­ist Tobi Lof­tus nabbed sec­ond place in these re­spec­tive cat­e­gories.

In the pho­tog­ra­phy sec­tion of the awards, jour­nal­ist Michael Nolan won first best sports photo for his snap at the Cher­bourg Rodeo last year.

The Times also came sec­ond in the Best News­pa­per Sup­ple­ment – Run of Press for the quar­terly South Bur­nett School News and third in best spe­cial pub­li­ca­tion for a set of three mud maps.

News Cor­po­ra­tion, pub­lisher of the Times, won 15 gongs at the awards for jour­nal­is­tic ex­cel­lence, ad­ver­tis­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy.

There was an in­crease in the num­ber of en­tries this year and all judges com­mented on the out­stand­ing field that fea­tured some great im­prove­ments on pre­vi­ous years.

News Re­gional Me­dia ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor Bryce Johns said the com­pany was proud of the num­ber of awards re­ceived.

“We have in ex­cess of 50 ti­tles in the smaller towns in the state and they are just as im­por­tant to their read­ers as the Courier-Mail or Toowoomba’s Chronicle,” he said.

“And read­ers can be just as proud at the stan­dard of jour­nal­ism, as the awards show.”

Mr Johns thanked the judges, the as­so­ci­a­tion and the staff who en­tered.

“To have our prod­ucts and peo­ple recog­nised among their peers is a great achieve­ment,” he said.

“The fact our pub­li­ca­tions were rep­re­sented among the win­ners and fi­nal­ists in all cat­e­gories is a re­flec­tion of the stan­dard of our prod­ucts and a tes­ta­ment to the ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion our peo­ple have for the com­mu­ni­ties in which they live and work.”

PHOTO: WILL HUNTER

QUAL­ITY JOUR­NAL­ISM: South Bur­nett Times jour­nal­ists Michael Nolan and Kather­ine Mor­ris and deputy ed­i­tor Chris­tian Berechree took home tro­phies at the Queens­land Coun­try Press Awards.

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