Com­mu­nity awarded

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

COM­MU­NITY News­pa­per Group claimed two top gongs at Satur­day night’s WA Me­dia Awards, the peak awards for WA jour­nal­ism.

Re­porter Sarah Brookes was named a joint win­ner of the Sub­ur­ban re­port­ing cat­e­gory and sub-ed­i­tor Martin Turner’s smart and snappy head­lines earned him the recog­ni­tion for Best Three Head­lines.

Award judges ac­knowl­edged Brookes for three in­ves­tiga­tive re­ports ex­pos­ing health con­cerns at a Perth Hills school af­ter whoop­ing cough and chicken pox out­breaks.

Brookes per­se­vered with in­ves­ti­ga­tions, de­spite her re­ports about the highly di­vi­sive vac­ci­na­tion de­bate mak­ing her a tar­get within the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Turner’s head­line suc­cess – for New York Plate of Mind, Mind Your Man­nas and Read­ing, Writ­ing and a Rhythma-Trick – was de­scribed by judges as an art, de­signed to grab the read­ers’ at­ten­tion and pull them in to read the ar­ti­cle.

Pho­tog­ra­pher An­drew Ritchie was named a fi­nal­ist for Best Com­mu­nity or Re­gional News Pho­to­graph.

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