Nelson Mail wins Newspaper of the Year at Canon Media Awards

Nelson Mail Canon Award winners and nominees, Golden Bay reporter Nina Hindmarsh, left, chief news director Sally ...

Nelson Mail Canon Award winners and nominees, Golden Bay reporter Nina Hindmarsh, left, chief news director Sally Kidson, Nelson regional editor Victoria Guild, senior reporter Jonathan Carson, court and council reporter Hannah Bartlett and visual journalist Martin De Ruyter

The Nelson Mail was a big winner at Friday night's Canon Media Awards, taking out the coveted Newspaper of the Year (up to 30,000 circulation) award.

Judges Brett McCarthy, Campbell Reid and Paul Thompson said the Mail's  "effective campaigning" set it apart in a tight field.

"The campaign against the wasp plague was specific, engaging and with a clear measure of success. It was a great example of a newspaper acting as a community leader. The Mail also did a great job of telling the stories of local heroes."

Nelson regional editor Victoria Guild said the awards were an ``incredible testimony to the hard work that our newsroom does every day".

"Our newsroom includes a bunch of talented and passionate news directors, reporters and photographers and these awards are well deserved. I am tremendously proud to work with such a dedicated group of journalists."

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Guild said the award reflected the high calibre of journalists working at the Mail.

"Our region is incredibly lucky to be served by such fantastic writers and photographers who love living here in this community."

Nelson Mail senior reporter Jonathan Carson was another big winner on the night, after his article on a street kid in Manila following his rugby dream, published in the Sunday Star Times, won the award for best sports feature.

The Mail's winning Newspaper of the Year entry included editions on child poverty, a series on the trickle down effect of Auckland's housing crisis and its impact on the Nelson property market, and the hugely successful Wasp Wipeout campaign.

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"This campaign, featuring in-depth educational journalism from Jonathan Carson, was a huge achievement by the Mail," Guild said.

"There is barely a person in the Nelson region who hasn't learned about the devastation wasps cause in our environment."

Guild said the Mail intends to continue and expand the project next season.

Other Nelson Mail nominees included a stunning portfolio from veteran photographer Martin de Ruyter, Golden Bay reporter Nina Hindmarsh's entry featuring grassroots revolution campers on the banks of the Takaka River, a  mother's journey to reunite her adopted Romanian daughter with her roots and the woman who legally bought cannabis into New Zealand.

Hannah Bartlett's entry included stories on a special housing area in Nelson, Turangi residents and their power struggle, and a mother's complaint over Housing NZ moving her family to a gang area.


 - Stuff


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