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Panpa Bulletin : May 2006
60 | PaNPa bULLETIN May 2006 Hayter wins award Rebecca Hayter, editor of the Boating New Zealand magazine (a Fairfax New Zealand Maga- zines title) was judged 2006 Editor Of The Year at the Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Awards in Auckland. Judges said Hayter shared her audience's pas- sion for the subject but had a wonderful ability to make boating interesting to a broad audience with a wide range of stories from the practical to inspirational. Hayter's magazine also won the spe- cial interest category of the magazine of the year contest. Nicky Pellegrino, editor of the New Zealand Woman's Weekly (APN New Zealand Magazines) won the mass market category of the editor of the year contest. A gourmet food title from Jones Publishing, dish, was judged 2006 Magazine Of The Year. The Australian Women's Weekly, New Zealand Edition, (ACP Media) won the mass market category of the same contest. The Listener (APN New Zealand Magazines) won the current affairs/news category. Cook Islands PM meets media By Jason Brown, editor of Avaiki Nius Agency Cook Islands Prime Minister Jim Marurai has announced that a monthly press confer- ence will be held in future. In what it describes as an 'unu- sual' gathering of journalists at the cabinet meeting room, Cook Islands News reported Marurai accepted a proposal from the daily newspaper for a regular media conference. Editor John Woods said he had proposed an audience with the PM on a regular basis and to "everyone's surprise" it was instantly approved by Marurai. The PM said that he would meet the media every "first Fri- day afternoon of each month", provided he is on Rarotonga. The daily also reported that Marurai is the first prime min- ister to invite the media for an informal get together. How- ever, former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Henry held regu- lar press conferences for years as well as informal meetings. Other prime ministers since then including Dr Joe Wil- liams, Dr Terepai Maoate and Dr Robert Woonton have also held press conferences and informal briefings, al- though much less regularly. While seen as a step forward, the monthly meeting will take place against an uncer- tain background. Marurai's agreement to press confer- ences comes a few weeks after his chief of staff closed down the government's only full time media unit, GovMedia, and transferred its one staff member to another section. Last year, an Australian- funded 14 country study called "Informing Citizens" by the Pacific Media and Communications Facility found that most Pacific Is- lands governments did not maintain a consistent ap- proach to public relations. From Pacific Media Watch Online, http://www.pmw. c2o.org Swan new GM, News Community Newspapers News Limited Community Newspapers man- aging director, Mr Alasdair MacLeod, today an- nounced the appointment of David Swan as general manager, News Limited Community Newspapers. David is currently advertising direc- tor of the Gold Coast Bulletin. Mr MacLeod said Mr Swan will be primarily re- sponsible for the implementation of all Commu- nity Newspaper group wide revenue strategies, particularly the key national accounts strategy and the development of important new revenue streams such as those that will accrue from the launch of TrueLocal.com. He will do this in coordination with other News Limited divisions such as News Interactive and News Advantage. David 's direct reports will be John Galloway, National Sales Director, Tony Becker, Business Development Manager and Tracy Richardson, Na- tional Marketing Manager. He will also be working closely with all suburban group divisional man- agement in the implementation of these group initiatives and other issues specific to individual divisions. "I am delighted to welcome David back to the Community Newspaper Group" said Mr Ma- cLeod. "David is one of News Limited's most in- novative advertising sales executives and bringing his energy, experience and enthusiasm back to the group will be a huge benefit to us." Mr Swan said "Our community newspaper businesses are at a dynamic stage in their de- velopment and I am looking forward to con- tributing to the new ideas and initiatives that are now driving the organisation on a new and progressive path." New chair calls for Newspaper of the year Technical Excellence award entries Glen St.Leon, recently elected as Chair of PANPA's Technical Advisory Group, has called on newspapers to enter as many mastheads as possible for PANPA's Techni- cal Excellence Awards. The Awards recog- nise excellence in development and quality in newspaper printing, with the winners to be announced at the PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards. St.Leon has been involved in the News- paper Industry for 12 Years and previously to this, was employed in the trade for 10 years as a High Systems and Scanner op- erator servicing printing companies, design bureaus and advertising agencies. Since 2002 St.Leon has held the position of Group Quality and Imaging Manager with Fairfax Publications. This role sees him responsible for Imaging Operations, workflows and procedures across all titles and to ensure imaging and printing quality meet Fairfax standards and best practice. He is also responsible for introducing new technology and techniques in reproduction quality to obtain competitive advantages. Constant research and development into industry advancements and colour man- agement workflows has resulted in three of the Fairfax printing sites having been inducted into the prestigious International Newspaper Quality Club in 2004 and The Age Printing Centre again in 2006. St.Leon says the advantages of entering awards are many. "It gives people a way to compare their internal processes in com- parison with their competitors and if you are a finalist, it is a way to reward the floor, by sending them to the Awards ceremony. There are six awards in the Technical Excel- lence category including newspapers print- ed on double-width presses, newspapers printed on single-width presses, pre-prints and supplements. JUDGING CRITERIA:• Registration • Dot gain problems • Colour density • Black den- sity • Cut off accuracy • Fold (no points de- ducted for lap) • Pin marks and tears • Ink set-off • Circulation will be taken into ac- count in terms of difficulty of production. Exclusions: The judges will not consider -- stitch and trim, layout, design, lap, use of page furniture (grey bars and registration marks). Entries must have been published be- tween June 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006. En- tries close 14th July, 2006.