Chinnie News wins at the QCPA Awards

News Corp's Erika Brayshaw, Nick Inmon, Lianne Richards, Miriam Rogers and Heatley Gilmore at the QCPA Awards.
News Corp's Erika Brayshaw, Nick Inmon, Lianne Richards, Miriam Rogers and Heatley Gilmore at the QCPA Awards. Courtesy of Clifton Courier

THE Chinchilla News won Best Special Publication at the Queensland Country Press Association Awards in Brisbane on Friday night.

The awards recognise journalistic excellence, advertising, and photography.

The Best Special Publication award went to Chinchilla News's inaugural The Breeders Way publication, which the judges said was an excellent guide.

"Full marks to the Chinchilla team for a fantastic 108-page comprehensive cattle breeders' guide covering 25 individual breeds and over 70 studs,” the judges said.

"A bible for stud breeders and graziers.

"The publication is packed full of information, presented in very high quality, and is backed up with online versions.”

The Surat Basin News was also recognised, winning Best Commercial Feature for the first edition of Movin' It.

The judges said the issue sets the stand-alone publication's focus on the transport industry.

"No doubt an editorial challenge - but an exception result,” they said.

"This editorial is outstanding, guaranteeing strong readership from anyone at all interested in transport - paying tribute to "drought angels” freight assistance, covering the "Lights on the Hill” remembrance weekend at Gatton attended by 433 trucks, featuring industry organisation news and highlighting the service companies in the region.

"Strong, well-designed advertising provided a

great advertising balance to an all-round quality feature.”

The Chinchilla News also took out third place for Best Community Promotion with the Melon Festival, and second for the Step in the Right Direction category.

Surat Basin general manager Erika Brayshaw said she was extremely proud of the overall results from the evening.

She made special mention of the inaugural publications Movin' It and The Breeders Way.

"It's great to see that new and innovative publications are being recognised on a state level,” she said.

News Corp Australia, publisher of the Chinchilla News, won 15 gongs at the event.

There was an increase in the number of entries this year and all judges commented on the outstanding field which featured some great improvements on previous years.

Editorial director of News Regional Media, Bryce Johns, said the company was proud of the number of awards received.

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