Manawatu recognised at Canon Media Awards

The Feilding-Rangitikei Herald has won Community Newspaper of the Year at the 2017 Canon Media Awards.

The Feilding-Rangitikei Herald has won Community Newspaper of the Year at the 2017 Canon Media Awards.

Manawatu's Feilding-Rangitikei Herald has been named Community Newspaper of the Year at the 2017 Canon Media Awards.

The prestigious award was accepted by Manawatu communities news director Lisa Houston at the annual awards in Auckland on Friday night during a celebration of New Zealand journalism.

Judges Jim Eagles and Mike Fletcher said the paper provided "great news coverage of its large and diverse catchment and "takes up issues of concern to locals".

Two other Manawatu nominees also came away with awards, Manawatu Standard reporter Miri Schroeter was named Student Journalist of the Year, for her "keen nose for news". 

"She understands that people stories are compelling reading," judges Mike Fletcher and Wayne Thompson said.

Standard chief news director Matthew Dallas was recognised for his headline writing ability, winning the Best Headline category.  

The winning entry included the headlines, "Alleged justice of the P", "H2woe", "Breasts too much for Bulls" and "Legal aid losing appeal".

"The winning entry was an absolute standout – clever, eye-catching and leaving readers - in no doubt as to what the story was about," judges Peter Calder and Fred Tulett said.

The Standard was nominated for Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation), but lost out to our colleagues at the Nelson Mail.

Photographer David Unwin also received a nomination for best sports photo. 

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