Top paper, top reporter at awards
Kapi-Mana News was named best community newspaper at the Canon national journalism awards last Friday.
In a double whammy for KapiMana News, senior reporter Kris Dando won the hotly contested best community reporter section.
The community newspaper categories are among the most competitive in the journalism awards – there are more than 150 community newspapers in New Zealand.
Kapi-Mana News was also named the best newspaper in 2013 and has been a finalist for the past four years.
The judges liked KapiMana News’ commitment to the community and the organisation and consistent quality of the paper.
Dando’s winning portfolio included his exclusive on the secret report pointing to dangerous levels of contamination at Spicer Landfill, his expose on social housing problems in eastern Porirua, his series on the contentious speed camera in Whitford Brown Ave and his work following the sudden death of All Black Jerry Collins.
The judges said his portfolio demonstrated the diversity of reporting that community journalists should undertake.
‘‘His work mirrors the ethic of community journalism – that news items and issues big and small are all grist to the mill,’’ the judges said.
‘‘Dando’s work reflects good craftsmanship and a sound understanding of what readers expect from their local paper and website.’’