SBT winners at press awards
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.”
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.