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Newspaper of the Year : 2011 Newspaper of the Year
It has been the biggest- ever Newspaper of the Year competition – and more than 500 colleagues gathered in Sydney to celebrate the very best of our industry PANPA 2011 Newspaper of the Year Awards Time to laugh 3 Another Marketing win . . . Teryll Brewer and Tony Wasley of the Geelong Advertiser collect more glassware for the successful Victorian newspaper Enjoying the moment... Sydney Morning Herald colleagues, Kelly Young, Kate Ferguson, Angela Beaumont and Jackie Findlater, with two of their newspaper’s trophies On the top table . . . Rebecca Wilson with News Ltd colleague and PANPA director, Campbell Reid Allsettogo...PANPAboss Mark Hollands Trophy goes to the Fiji Sun . . . Ahara Khan and Epineri Vula OUR industry awards nights are a time for the clinking of champagne glasses, high spirits and keen competition – and for the careful handling of the coveted PANPA glassware. They are also time for a spot of cheeky competition. A scrap of paper tallying the Fairfax wins against those of News Limited now has immor- tality, having been Twit-pic’ed to thousands. At the time of the tweet, Fairfax was winning. And to be honest, staff at PANPA do not keep count, or care to keep count, of such things. We reckon we know of a few who do think such things impor- tant, though! But a single moment at this year’s ceremony reminded us that these awards are not re- ally about the rivalries, or the trophies. They are a chance for us to come together for one night to celebrate extraordinary achieve- ments of colleagues across the news publishing industry. When Andrew Holden, of The Press, climbed onstage to collect the Newspaper of the Year Award in the 25,000 to 90,000 category, he and his staff received a rare standing ovation. It was a recognition of the efforts in Christchurch to keep newspapers on the devastated streets in the wake after the February 22 earthquake, despite great personal hardship and loss. Staff from The Press, and from the weekly Christchurch news- paper The Star, were not the only heroes of 2011. Colleagues from Christchurch spoke of how they could not im- agine how it must have been for staff at The Chronicle in Toow- oomba as the floodwaters came through. Others remembered Cyclone Yasi in North Queensland and the important work local news- papers have done to keep com- munities going, long after the TV crews and big-name politicians have cleared out. Recognising the value of our industry has never been more important as the global and lo- cal industries face a spate of me- dia inquiries, prospective privacy legislation and a business model that is being challenged to its very core. The contribution of newspa- pers to local communities or through national debate is sec- ond to none. Marketing initiatives to assist community groups have rarely been more prolific in their ambi- tion and achievement. It has been an extraordinary year that required an extraordi- nary response. Perhaps this was the reason why the 2011 PANPA Awards were the largest ever. Every cat- egory was entered and a record 1041 submissions were made. More than 500 attended the awards dinner. At a time when our indus- try comes under scrutiny for the failings of a few half a world away, there is little more heart-warming than to watch colleagues come together and remind our- selves who we really are and what we stand for.