The Southland Times
Times wins award for website project
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES last night won an important category at the Qantas Media Awards in Wellington, taking the first major award for our website.
The paper was named as winner of the website multimedia or video presentation with our print and online package in January covering the 25th anniversary of the 100year floods.
The content was co-ordinated by website editor Jillian ‘‘George’’ Allison-Aitken and written by features editor Mike Fallow, who were in Wellington for the ceremony last night with editor Fred Tulett.
The flood package was also a finalist in the section for website project with community involvement.
Mr Tulett said he was delighted with the award, which was due in no small part to the many readers who had contributed photos and personal accounts to help build up a special record of part of Southland’s history. He also acknowledged the support of Civil Defence, H & J Smith, the Invercargill City Council and the Invercargill Licensing Trust, which had enabled the Times to produce a tabloid as part of the project.
The paper was lucky to have the two staff who led the project, who had both also won Qantas writing awards last year, Mr Tulett said.
‘‘We’re lucky to have someone like George, with the skills to put together the online content, which was really our first major experiment in a multimedia presentation, and Mike, with the ability to tell the story so well.’’
It was the sort of project the paper would continue to develop, he said.
The judges said the package used all forms of media to provide simple yet effective communication.
A third Times staff member, graphic artist Shaun Yeo, was a finalist last night with his portfolio of editorial feature cartoons entered in the illustrator of the year section. Mr Tulett said he was pleased Shaun’s talent had been recognised by the judges, who said his work had impact and evoked both interest and involvement from the reader.
He was also pleased the paper had been named as a finalist in the newspaper of the year (circulation up to 30,000).
The judges commented that the paper’s entry showed consistent enterprising and inquiring news coverage that met the needs and interests of readers in the southern region.
The flood anniversary package is under the news section at southlandtimes.co.nz