Dubbo Photo News recognised for ‘Outstanding Contribution’
DUBBO PHOTO NEWS has received an award for “Outstanding Contribution to Country Newspapers” from Australia’s oldest newspaper industry association, Country Press NSW.
CPNSW has represented regional newspapers across the state since 1900, and is associated with other key media organisations including the Press Council of Australia and Country Press Australia.
Speaking at the group’s annual meeting last Friday, Vice-president Barry Wilson said Dubbo Photo News was being recognised for its Editorial, Advertising, Photography and Newspaper Presentation.
He said the range of topics covered by Dubbo Photo News “varies immensely”, drawing special attention to a number of stories this newspaper has covered this year. He commended our reporting on water storage and the drought, not only the consequences, but also the historic perspective and the positive plans for the future.
He said front page headlines including “STAYING STRONG” with the sub-heading “This drought is tough, but the region’s economy is proving resilient” showed how this newspaper is covering the drought’s hardships but also looking for reason for residents to maintain hope for the future.
He gave special mention to the August 1 front page article headlined “Shear Brilliance” that continued inside with a full page about a world-first redesign of the shearing shed that captured global
Dubbo Photo News Managing Director and Editor Tim Pankhurst (centre) with Country Press NSW President Lucie Peart and Vice-president Barry Wilson at the organisation’s annual conference on Friday. Right, news coverage recognised for excellence, and Mel Pocknall’s dirt bike photo.
Mr Wilson also commended the Dubbo Works editorial initiative,
“Dubbo Photo News punches very high with its depth of reporting and balances the effect with eye-catching headlines and complemented with an appropriately structured layout,” he said.
Mr Wilson also commended advertising campaigns, giving special mention to our A to Z of Spring feature where advertisers each used a letter of the alphabet to highlight their services and products. sports photographer
Mel Pocknall also received special mention. “Position, action and some precision photography found the ideal Dirt Bike finish line action,” Mr Wilson said of this photo.
Our Newspaper Presentation was also commended. “Dubbo Photo News presented an excellent array of pages portraying how seriously they approach their communication trade,” he said.
The meeting heard that, more than ever before, regional newspapers such as Dubbo Photo News are playing a crucial role in informing their local communities which want to “discuss, question, assess and digest each newspaper’s offerings with the confidence that they were well informed”, Mr Wilson said.
Regional newspapers are satisfying news consumers’ hunger for truth and accuracy more than any other media, he added.
PARKES Shire Council is about to switch on its $20.9 million recycled water scheme.
An Advanced Water Recycling Facility is now up and running there, the purpose-built Recycled Water Rising Main now completed, and recycled water already irrigating the golf and jockey clubs, and public parks.
“This project has been in the pipeline for years, but with the ongoing drought the new Recycled Water Scheme couldn’t come at a better time for the town,” Parkes Mayor Ken Keith said.
“Council is proactive in delivering infrastructure that safeguards our water security, and we are very grateful for the generous contribution the Australian Government has made toward this vital investment,” he said.
The new Recycled Water Scheme is not available for residential use but is expected to ease pressure on town water supplies when demand is at its peak.
The Recycled Water Scheme is jointly funded through the Australian Government and Parkes Shire Council.