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.