The Manawatu Standard missed out at the Canon Media Awards in Auckland last night, where it was a finalist for newspaper of the year.
Entered in the category for daily newspapers with a circulation below 30,000 the Manawatu Standard was pipped by the Whangarei-based Northern Advocate.
Standard editor Michael Cummings said while it would have been nice to pick up the top prize, he was "incredibly proud" of his team.
"To be named as one of the top two regional newspapers in the country is a fantastic result, and is testament to the group of outstanding journalists we have putting in so much hard slog, day in, day out, and it's just so gratifying to see their work acknowledged nationally."
Manawatu Standard photographer David Unwin, a finalist in the junior photographer of the year category, lost to Nelson Mail shooter Alden Williams. Former Manawatu Standard journalist Talia Shadwell, a finalist for junior reporter of the year, finished behind her former Dominion Post colleague Sam Boyer.
The Dominion Post won the newspaper of the year award for publications with a circulation above 30,000. Other wins for Fairfax included Stuff.co.nz taking best news website, political reporter Andrea Vance winning journalist of the year and Tony Wall from the Sunday Star Times winning feature writer of the year.
- Manawatu Standard
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