Top pa­per, top re­porter at awards

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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.’’

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