Devlin an awards finalist

Southland Times reporter Collette Devlin.
Southland Times reporter Collette Devlin.

The Southland Times reporter Collette Devlin has been named a finalist in the country's top media awards.

Devlin, who has worked at the Times for three years, is a finalist in the Reporter of the Year - Regional Community Newspapers section of the Canon Media Awards.

The awards are held annually to showcase the best of the country's newspapers, magazines and websites, and the work of writers, columnists, cartoonists, reviewers and photographers.

Devlin's portfolio included her coverage of the Tiwai electricity saga, stories on legal highs and underage sex, and the one-year anniversary of the Easy Rider sinking.

Devlin said she was shocked but thrilled to be named a finalist.

"But overall I am proud to be representing The Southland Times, "
she said.

The Southland Times editor Garry Ferris said being named a finalist was a tremendous achievement.

"Collette's tenacity with a story shows through time and time again, and she is integral to our morning read, " he said.

The awards will be held in Auckland on May 9.


The Southland Times