Mountain Scene has once again been confirmed as one of the best little papers in the country.
Your community paper was runner-up best all-round newspaper, in the 15,000-plus copies category, at last week’s NZ Community Newspapers awards (CNA).
The Scene was also a finalist in the Community Newspaper of the Year category at this year’s Canon Media Awards.
CNA judge Venetia Sherson, a former Waikato Times editor, dubbed the Scene “stroppy, sassy and rarely silent on any issue”, saying the paper’s at the “top of its game” and covers stories in the manner of much larger papers.
“In book terms, this is a ‘page turner’ and its headlines are always compelling and very clever.”
Allied Press stablemate The Courier, from Timaru, took the supreme award.
At the CNAs, Mountain Scene also won the best front page and editor David Williams was named best senior news journalist. One of the joint runners-up was the late – and incomparable – Frank Marvin, a former Mountain Scene journalist and publisher.
Judge Jim Tully says Williams won for “stories of significance that shone the harsh light of scrutiny on the local council and its chief executive”.
Scene journo Paul Taylor was runner-up in the best senior feature writer category. Tully says Taylor’s personality profiles “reflected a highly skilled interviewer at work”.