Ad­ver­ti­ser scoops a­wards

Mossel Bay Advertiser - - Voorblad -

‘T­he­re are chal­len­ges, but we con­ti­nue to be the voi­ce of our com­mu­ni­ties. Our brands, be it in print or di­gi­tal­ly, are still re­cog­ni­sed as the aut­ho­ri­ta­ti­ve voi­ce of e­ach to­wn.’

A­bout 180 gue­sts at­ten­ded the Group E­di­tors y­e­ar-end e­vent at the Wil­der­ness Ho­tel last F­ri­day.

The e­vent mar­ked the first e­ver Group E­di­tors A­wards. The me­dia hou­se not on­ly has eig­ht news­pa­pers in its sta­ble, but a strong on­li­ne pre­sen­ce, being the first com­pa­ny in the Cax­ton Group to ha­ve launch its news web­si­tes.

Du­ring her ad­dress, Group E­di­tors o­pe­ra­ti­ons di­rec­tor Ni­co­le Rim­bault said t­hat whi­le most news­pa­per groups a­round the wor­ld are re­tren­ching staff and seeing a con­tinuing drop in re­ve­nue, Group E­di­tors had been ex­tre­me­ly for­tu­na­te. "It has been dif­fi­cult. T­he­re are chal­len­ges, but we con­ti­nue to be the voi­ce of our com­mu­ni­ties. Our brands, be it in print or di­gi­tal­ly, are still re­cog­ni­sed as the aut­ho­ri­ta­ti­ve voi­ce of e­ach to­wn."

She said ad­ver­ti­sers still saw gre­at be­ne­fit in lo­cal news­pa­pers.

She com­men­ded the staff for their ef­fort. "I trust t­hat in the y­e­ar to co­me we will con­ti­nue to work to­get­her as the gre­at te­am t­hat we are."


Gre­at pains we­re ta­ken to se­cu­re the in­put of top jud­ges for the a­wards.

They in­clu­ded a­ward-win­ning pho­to­grap­hers Chris Da­ly and S­chalk En­gel­brecht; o­w­ner of the es­ta­blis­hed on­li­ne news­pa­per The G­rem­lin, Bru­ce Midd­le­ton; a­ward-win­ning in­ves­ti­ga­ti­ve jour­na­list, news an­chor and me­dia co­ach, C­han­tal Rut­terDros; and for­mer news­pa­per man and stalwart spo­kes­per­son for the Mos­sel Bay Mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, now re­ti­red Har­ry Hill.

Al­so a jud­ge in the pho­to­grap­hy ca­te­go­ry was ve­te­ran pho­to­grap­her Mar­tin Kel­ler­man.

The ot­her jud­ges we­re for­mer prin­ci­pal of the Cax­ton Ca­det S­chool and hu­man re­sour­ce de­ve­lo­per and now a spe­ci­a­list wri­ter for Cax­ton, Gien El­sas; Na­ti­o­nal group e­di­tor for Cax­ton Lo­cal News­pa­pers, Ir­ma G­reen; and na­ti­o­nal cre­a­ti­ve di­rec­tor at Cax­ton and CTP Pu­blis­hers and P­rin­ters,

Mi­rel­le Ja­cobs.


The Mos­sel Bay Ad­ver­ti­ser stood its ground com­pe­ti­ti­ve­ly a­mong its peers, se­cu­ring se­ven a­wards.

The Ad­ver­ti­ser was na­med be­st sa­les branch for 2018, with Mi­chel­le Rey­ne­ke re­cei­ving the lau­rels as be­st print sa­les exe­cu­ti­ve.

The news­room al­so ma­de its mark. Nic­key le Roux was se­cond in the ca­te­go­ry, be­st im­pact sto­ry. Al­so, her im­pres­si­ve port­fo­lio lan­ded her a­mong the top three in the ca­te­go­ry, jour­na­list of the y­e­ar.

Cor­nel­le Car­stens and Lou­i­se Kar­sten ca­me se­cond and thi­rd re­specti­ve­ly in the ca­te­go­ry, be­st hu­man in­te­rest sto­ry.

Car­stens was the win­ner in the ca­te­go­ry, be­st re­gu­lar co­lumn or blog for her co­lumn, Kant­lyn/Mar­gin. She was gi­ven a his­to­ric "per­fect sco­re" of 25 out of 25.

The jud­ges com­men­ted: “Cor­nel­le sco­red a per­fect 25 be­cau­se she just hit the nail on the he­ad e­very ti­me. She is up to da­te with all the news, be it in Mos­sel Bay or na­ti­o­nal­ly. We’ve ne­ver gi­ven a per­fect sco­re.”

Ot­her re­sults can be vie­wed on­li­ne at www. mos­sel­ba­y­ad­ver­ti­

P­ho­to: Ma­ris­ka Vi­sa­gie

P­le­a­sed with their a­chie­vements are Mos­sel Bay Ad­ver­ti­ser e­di­tor Su­zet­te Her­rer, jour­na­lis­ts Cor­nel­le Car­stens and Lou­i­se Kar­sten and sa­les exe­cu­ti­ve Mi­chel­le Rey­ne­ke.

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