Newspaper success

A WINNING TEAM …. Courier sports journalist Ben Goldfinch, left, sales manager Matthew Hutchinson and graphic designer Phil Austin after the Country Press SA awards. INSET: The winning Best Front Page entry reporting on the Cherryville bushfire in May, 2013.

The Courier enjoyed success at the Country Press SA awards on Friday night winning three categories.
The paper was judged to have designed and produced the best priced product advertisement in all regional SA for a full page promotion for Mt Barker Sportspower.
Journalist Ben Goldfinch won the Best Sport Story award for his report into the construction of the Adelaide Oval and the paper also won the Best Front Page for its coverage of the Cherryville bushfire in May 2013 which burned 600ha and destroyed one home.
The paper also finished third in the best newspaper in the over 6000 circulation category as well as third in the image branding advertising and best journalism awards.
The Courier’s managing director, Norman Marston, said the paper’s success highlighted its commitment to all facets of the industry.
“I’m delighted we were able to achieve success from all our departments – advertising, production and editorial,” he said.
“There is an enormous effort that goes into producing a high quality paper every week and we have a fantastic staff who are committed to this community and The Courier.”
The awards were held in the Ian McLachlan Room overlooking the new Adelaide Oval and attracted entries from more than 30 country papers across regional SA and the NT. The major award went to The Border Watch which was judged the best paper with a circulation over 6000. The winning papers from smaller communities were The Murray Valley Standard and The Pennant at Penola.
The judge of the best newspaper category said The Courier was a “gold medal newspaper reflecting pride and expertise in production”.
“The Courier reports reliably … and campaigns vigorously for the interests of readers.”
The judge of the Best Front Page award said The Courier’s entry was a “standout among some worthy opposition”.
“lf a front page was judged on impact alone The Courier would have been way ahead of the rest,” he said.
“Added to this were A-pluses for all the required criteria – crisp typography, effective combination of graphics and photo, and dramatic use of color.”
Ben Goldfinch’s winning sports story impressed the judge with the way he “found a strong local Hills angle from the Adelaide Oval redevelopment and provided a good mix of information, quotes from workers and detail about the project”.
The judge of the advertising section said The Courier provided “a well laid out advert with good use of imagery and not over designed”.