More than 600 entries were received for the 2014 Newspaper of the Year awards, which closed at the end of last week.
A particularly strong response has come this year from community newspapers, as well as photography and for the weekend newspaper of the year.
The traditional first-past-the-post judging has been modified this year with the National/Metro and Weekend newspaper categories to be judged by a panel. Technical Excellence submissions will be judged in a similar way.
As a result, finalists will be announced in a staged process. The schedule for that is as follows:
- Regional & Community Newspapers of the Year
- Digital Publishing
- Technical Excellence
- National/Metro & Weekend Newspaper of the Year
The Newspaper Works chief executive Mark Hollands, said he was pleased with the response given the increasing pressures that exist for everyone in the industry, and the realignment of categories.
“It is important that our industry maintains the tradition of coming together once a year and celebrating our best journalism, photography and production standards,” he said. “Each has a vital role to play for the benefit of our readers and commercial partners.”
The Newspaper of the Year awards follows the success of the industry’s Advertising & Marketing Awards, which received more than 400 entries earlier this year. Finalists were announced for those awards on May 29.
Winners for each of the competitions will be announced at special evening events around the industry conference, The Future Forum, to be held in Sydney from August 20-21.
The Advertising & Marketing Awards will be held at The Establishment in central Sydney on August 20.
A gala dinner for Newspaper of the Year awards will be held the following night at The Ivy and will be hosted by TV personality Julia Zemiro.
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