THE Spectator’s winning year continued at the weekend, when it took out the 2012 Overall Newspaper Excellence Award in its category at the Victorian Country Press Association dinner.
The award follows on from success at the Rural Press Club of Victoria awards, where The Spectator was named Newspaper of the Year and its journalists took out four individual awards, including Journalist of the Year.
The entire Spectator news group enjoyed success at the awards, with the Casterton News winning the Best Use of Colour category and The Spectator highly commended in the same section.
Photography from the Portland Observer also caught the judges’ eyes, with Josh Nash named runner-up for Best News Photograph and Kirsty Hill the winner of Best Sports Photograph, in the Observer’s publication category.
In announcing The Spectator’s award, Victorian Country Press Association judge, John Jennison, whose resume includes the New York Daily News and the Dogan Group in Turkey, said he was impressed with The Spectator’s entire production, from editorial content and layout, through to advertising and printing.
“All ’round, the paper is a winner,” Mr Jennison said.
The Spectator principal, Richard Beks said he was very proud of the latest accolade.
“In its summation of The Spectator at the weekend’s awards and after reading several editions of our paper, the judging panel’s conclusion was that we were ‘the source of all information for Hamilton by volume and coverage’.
“The panel also recognised all departments in our production and that is something our team can be extremely proud of.”
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