The 11-year-old community masthead won the southern division of the annual awards for the second consecutive year in Melbourne on Friday, June 15, and was also announced the national winner. It is the fifth southern division award and first national prize for the Community Newspaper Group (CNG) publication, which also has a swag of Pacific Area Newspaper Publisher’s Association (PANPA) best paper awards.
Judges commended the changing layout, high standard and innovative use of photography in the Western Suburbs Weekly, which beat the Diamond Valley Leader, sister publication Kwinana Courier and the Maroondah Weekly to win the award.
Editor-in-chief Greg Thomson said the newspaper industry was highly competitive with the Western Suburbs Weekly recognised for its news and photographic content, layout and design, advertising support and print and production values.
‘The judges appreciated the point of difference the newspaper brings in its approach to building on readership and our ensuring our relevance in the market,’ Thomson said.
‘The award is due recognition for our staff who are passionate about our place in the community and our commitment to quality in everything we do.
Thomson also thanked editor Denise Cahill for her leadership of the Nedlands-based news team and sales manager Vicki Brown for her strategic direction.
Western Suburbs Weekly photographer Andrew Ritchie was a finalist in the Best Feature Photo category coming equal fourth with fellow Community Newspaper Group snapper Elle Borgward.
CNG publication Comment News won the Community Service Award and Wanneroo Joondalup Weekender reporter Mark Donaldson beat off fierce competition to win Best Sport Award.