The Manawatu Standard has been announced as a finalist for Newspaper of the Year at the Canon Media Awards.
The newspaper was yesterday shortlisted alongside the Whangarei-based Northern Advocate in the under 30,000 circulation section. The Dominion Post and New Zealand Herald are finalists in the over 30,000 circulation section.
Staff at the Standard have also been recognised in individual categories at the awards.
David Unwin is a finalist for Junior Photographer of the Year, and Talia Shadwell, who recently moved to the Dominion Post, has been shortlisted for Junior Reporter of the Year.
Standard editor Michael Cummings said he was "delighted" the hard work of a dedicated team of journalists has been recognised nationally, and hoped to pick up the trophy when the winners were announced at a gala ceremony in Auckland on May 9.
"Whatever happens, I'm just really proud to be associated with a fantastic group of people who are passionate about their jobs, and who work extremely hard to tell the stories of this region."
The main planks of the newspaper's entry included its coverage of the Mark Lundy Privy Council appeal decision, and its Welcome Home campaign focusing on the resettlement of a group of Afghan interpreters and their families in Manawatu.
Unwin submitted a portfolio of six images, which Cummings described as "absolutely outstanding". "David's a fantastic talent, and it's been such a pleasure to watch him grow from a UCOL student learning his craft into a confident, accomplished photographer in such a short space of time."
Shadwell's entry consisted mostly of stories she did while working as the Standard's education reporter.
"While we were sorry to lose Talia, it was only a matter of time before she was snapped up by a larger publication," Cummings said. "She did some exceptional work while she was with us, and this is just reward for what she has accomplished in her career so far."
- Manawatu Standard
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