Local focus the key to success

Rosanna Candler, Denise Cahill, Jon Bassett and Sarah Motherwell.
Rosanna Candler, Denise Cahill, Jon Bassett and Sarah Motherwell.

On top of that, there are the countless resident profiles telling stories of triumph and tragedy, and handfuls of community events.

It is all of the above that keep the Western Suburbs Weekly reporters busy in the community every week.

And it is this depth of content that helped the newspaper win the national Community Newspapers of Australia best paper with a circulation between 30,000 and 50,000 award last month.

Editor of five years, Denise Cahill, said the team worked hard to establish trusting and prosperous relationships in the community to cover various events and topics every week.

‘One minute we could be talking to the Premier and the next a member of the community, and both these relationships are important to a local newspaper,’ Cahill said. ‘Each week we work hard to include stories that appeal to our wide demographic.’

The Western Suburbs Weekly won the national award for the first time last month but has taken home the southern division prize four times, as well as Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association trophies.

‘The national and international awards are a great tool to determine where we stand against other community newspapers,’ Cahill said.