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Judge: Graham Gorrel

There was an outstanding array of entries in the section this year and they set a high standard of newspaper skills across the five industry components I was required to take into judging consideration. This meant some excellent entries missed out but that serves to underline the high class journalism, photography and especially graphics and design that Country Press South Australia newspapers are maintaining.

There was flair in greater abundancy than previous years that would have been eye-catching to potential buyers. The big uncluttered front page with a dominant graphic, heading or picture (or combination of the three) and a snappy few pars as a pointer to the big story/more pictures inside strategy should win you more readers. 

It was an absolute pleasure _ and exciting, too _ to judge the section again this year.

HIGHLY COMMENDED _ Murray Pioneer: Not surprisingly the newspaper reported a “great response” from the public to this front page about the local government elections with The Three Amayoroos promotion, all of which was very much enhanced by the staff ensuring they got banners and fonts to add emphasis.

THIRD PLACE _ The Courier: A major community announcement like an alternative major heavy freight corridor needs to leave no stone unturned in giving readers  the route and essential dimensions in the one package. This was cleverly done with a graphic and a map, backed with a short, snappy story.

SECOND PLACE _ Yorke Peninsula Country Times: Modern communications are vital to small, hard-working newspaper editorial teams and the stunning bushfire picture on the Country Times entry was a result of a request from the newspaper to the Country Fire Service crew member to take a picture, contributing to this spectacular page one.

WINNER _ The Border Watch: A stunning page one and not a colour picture or graphic in sight! According to editor, Brett Kennedy, few front pages had the impact of sub-editor Luke Duff’s page one design concept, previously untried by the newspaper which played a key role in highlighting legitimate safety concerns at the local hospital. In the best tradition of inter-department newspaper teamwork the sub-editing team and the print staff collaborated to ensure the highest quality outcome in the final printing to achieve a deep and full finish to the black ink for the Code Black edition.

Three weeks after The Border Watch Code Black edition a metropolitan newspaper used a similar style  and design to highlight a key issue thus maintaining the very high standards consistently set across many years by The Border Watch and, it should also be recorded and acknowledged, by all members of Country Press South Australia; outstanding achievements reflecting the finest traditions of the Australian Country Press newspaper departments.



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