Front page de­signs among best in NZ

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The Newslink has achieved na­tional recog­ni­tion over the last two weeks, with its front page de­signs be­ing rated among the top two among Fair­fax Me­dia’s more than 50 com­mu­nity news­pa­pers.

The front page of the Oc­to­ber 27 edi­tion, fea­tur­ing the stun­ning im­age of young Ar­ven John in a field of red tulips at Eden­dale, was just pipped for the top prize by the Ro­torua Re­view.

The im­age, taken by Newslink re­porter Rachael Kelly, also fea­tured in a slideshow on Stuff, which was viewed by thou­sands of peo­ple over the fol­low­ing days.

Last week’s front page, which fo­cused on in­ter­na­tional fly fisher April Vokey, was also voted run­ner-up.

Jeremy Rees, Fair­fax na­tional com­mu­ni­ties editor, said pa­pers like the Newslink are al­ways look­ing for new ways to en­gage read­ers through bright, in­ter­est­ing front pages and in­for­ma­tive news­pa­pers.

‘‘We run an in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­ally work on im­prov­ing lo­cal pa­pers.

‘‘We think it’s work­ing re­ally well.

‘‘We are get­ting very good feed­back about what we’re do­ing to im­prove our pa­pers.’’

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