Awards a win for Franklin



Nigel WardAs a region, Franklin punches above its weight in terms of its lifestyle opportunities, its businesses and their service levels, and its successes on the international sporting stage.
So when we, as your local newspaper, went up against the top community newspapers in the country at the annual New Zealand Community Newspaper Awards on the weekend, we aimed to carry on that tradition and represent you with pride.
By the conclusion of the awards in Queenstown on Saturday night, the Post had a few more trophies for Franklin, having picked up not only Most Improved Newspaper in our class (over 15,000 circulation), but also the overall Most Improved.
We also collected runners-up prizes for Best Front Page and Community Involvement, as well as having one of our photos judged Best in Class in the senior photographer section.
From my point of view, the best part of the citations for the awards was when the judges referred to our coverage of the Unitary Plan issues affecting Franklin. In their words, the Post ‘outdid itself’, taking a major local issue, and battling on behalf of our readers. As the judges said, it reminds us what community newspapers are there for.
We are delighted to have picked up the awards we did, in some pretty esteemed company, but a newspaper can only be as strong as its community. Franklin is an amazing place, full of wonderful, caring people. We try to reflect that in our pages, and we try to advocate for you and get the answers, and the information you want.
We are proud to represent Franklin on a national stage, but we are even prouder to be welcomed into your letterboxes every week. We’re celebrating this week, so cheers, and here’s to Franklin!

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