DEX picks up Newspaper of the Year in award tour de force
AN OUTSTANDING 12 months of news coverage in the Clarence Valley has won The Daily Examiner the title of APN Newspaper of the Year for 2013.
As well photographer Adam Hourigan won the Photographer of the Year and sections editor Lesley Apps picked up the Headline Writer of the Year.
And in a reflection of the multi-platform nature of modern news coverage, The Daily Examiner also picked up the Video of the Year award for a series of videos on the downsizing of Grafton Jail.
The judge praised the Examiner's attitude to news coverage and its presentation.
"This is a paper with pizzazz, never afraid to go out on a limb, seldom (if ever) boring and it does things that other papers seem afraid to try," the comment read.
"It's solidly in touch with its readership, says it like it is, and is full of surprises."
The award ceremony was a tour de force for the paper with other staff members figuring in the finals of the awards.
Lachlan Thompson was a finalist for Young Journalist of the Year.
An individual entry from photographer Debrah Novak made the finals of Video of the Year in the category the paper's site entry won.
Editor Jenna Cairney was a finalist in the Editor of the Year award and the paper was also a finalist in the Multimedia Coverage and Best Front Page of the Year awards.
Ms Cairney and Mr Hourigan attended the awards ceremony at the Sunshine Coast last night.
"Last night I had the honour of attending the APN editorial awards," Ms Cairney said.
"These amazing accolades go to a well deserving team. Thanks for everything and congratulations on your success."
She added her praise to that of the judges.
"Les's headlines were head and shoulders above the rest and Adam won his award amidst a heap of praise for his work."
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