On­li­ne and co­lumn scoop a­wards

Oudtshoorn Courant - - NEWS - ILSE SCHOONRAAD

The two Group E­di­tors em­ploy­ees who wal­ked off with the win­ners’ trophies in the an­nu­al Cax­ton A­wards are keeping it in the fa­mi­ly - li­te­ral­ly!

Oudts­hoorn Cou­rant e­di­tor Han­nes Vis­ser and his daug­h­ter Ta­nya Watson, e­di­tor of the Group E­di­tors on­li­ne plat­forms, ca­me out tops in their re­specti­ve ca­te­go­ries.

The win­ners we­re an­noun­ced last week T­hurs­day 10 Sep­tem­ber du­ring a vir­tu­al ce­re­mo­ny.

Vis­ser wal­ked off with the Be­st Re­gu­lar Co­lumn a­ward for his Op­pie­stoep co­lumns for the Oudst­hoorn Cou­rant, whi­le Watson and her te­am - Dot Sy­mons, Be­a­tri­ce Ester­huy­sen and Wes­sel van Heer­den broug­ht ho­me the Be­st On­li­ne P­re­sen­ce trop­hy for their cap­ti­va­ting Ge­or­ge He­rald plat­forms - for the se­cond y­e­ar run­ning!

Vis­ser, a pu­blis­hed poet w­ho­se book Die jaar toe pa… was re­cei­ved with much cri­ti­cal acclaim, was prai­sed for his in­sig­ht­ful per­specti­ves on the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ty and con­ci­se wri­ting sty­le. The jud­ges said he is in tou­ch with his re­a­ders and “cle­ar­ly knows w­hen to whis­per and w­hen to shout”.

Vis­ser was e­la­ted and tou­ched by his win. “W­hen wri­ting co­lumns one of­ten ex­po­ses on­e­self be­cau­se one can hard­ly wri­te a­bout so­mething which is not per­so­nal. Co­lum­nis­ts, li­ke poets, ex­po­se them­sel­ves to their re­a­ders,” he said.

The jud­ges lau­ded the on­li­ne te­am for how the Ge­or­ge He­rald brand is car­ried out di­gi­tal­ly, and the re­le­vant use of lo­cal i­ma­ge­ry. O­ver­all on­li­ne re­ve­nue gro­wth hel­ped se­cu­re Ge­or­ge He­rald’s po­si­ti­on as the front run­ner due to its sig­ni­fi­cant and con­stant gro­wth o­ver this con­se­cu­ti­ve pe­ri­od. Well do­ne to the mar­ke­ting te­am who u­ti­li­sed the­se stun­ning plat­forms to boost sa­les.

“The on­li­ne te­am is so proud to ha­ve won this a­ward for a se­cond ti­me,” said Watson fol­lo­wing the an­noun­ce­ment last week. “We work so well to­get­her, and we are so hap­py that we play a ma­jor ro­le in buil­ding a brand that we can be proud of!”

Ta­lent

Ma­ny of Group E­di­tors jour­na­lis­ts, de­sig­ners and pu­bli­ca­ti­ons we­re fi­na­lis­ts in the va­ri­ous ca­te­go­ries.

Ge­or­ge He­rald jour­na­list K­ris­ty Kol­berg was run­ner-up in the ca­te­go­ry Mul­ti­me­dia Jour­na­list of the Y­e­ar and lan­ded a pla­ce as one of fi­ve fi­na­lis­ts for Im­pact S­to­ry of the Y­e­ar with her re­por­ting on the Vo­ël­klip tra­ge­dy.

Her col­le­a­gue at Ge­or­ge He­rald, Mi­chel­le Pie­naar, was se­lected as one of six fi­na­lis­ts for the pres­ti­gi­ous ca­te­go­ry Mul­ti­me­dia Jour­na­list of the Y­e­ar, and both Kol­berg and Pie­naar re­cei­ved a spot as one of eig­ht fi­na­lis­ts in the ca­te­go­ry Be­st Hard News Photo.

Ge­or­ge He­rald s­port e­di­tor Hugo Re­de­ling­huys was one of six fi­na­lis­ts in the Be­st S­port Wri­ting and Be­st S­port Photo ca­te­go­ries. Both Re­de­ling­huys and Wes­sel van Heer­den of Au­toDe­a­ler we­re a­mong the six fi­na­lis­ts for the ca­te­go­ry P­ho­to­grap­her of the Y­e­ar. Group E­di­tors graphic de­sig­ner Lu­re­tha Cron­jé was se­lected as one of se­ven fi­na­lis­ts in the Ad De­sig­ner of the Y­e­ar ca­te­go­ry. On top of this Ge­or­ge He­rald e­di­tor Li­zet­te da Sil­va re­cei­ved a pla­ce in the top fi­ve for Sold News­pa­per of the Y­e­ar.

Group E­di­tors ma­na­ge­ment con­g­ra­tu­la­ted all the staff who ha­ve been no­mi­na­ted, and all the in­di­vi­du­al win­ners and te­am win­ners in the dif­fe­rent ca­te­go­ries. “This y­e­ar the Cax­ton A­wards has chan­ged sig­ni­fi­cant­ly, but did not ta­ke a­ny­thing a­way from the ef­forts that we­re do­ne to get no­mi­na­ted and a­war­ded,” said Group E­di­tors’ sa­les and mar­ke­ting di­rec­tor Ser­vaas de Kock.

The win­ners we­re an­noun­ced last week T­hurs­day 10 Sep­tem­ber du­ring a vir­tu­al ce­re­mo­ny.

Group E­di­tors on­li­ne e­di­tor Ta­nya Watson (rig­ht) and her te­am - Dot Sy­mons (left), Be­a­tri­ce Ester­huy­sen (back) and Wes­sel van Heer­den.

Oudts­hoorn Cou­rant e­di­tor Han­nes Vis­ser

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