Your newspaper scoops top awards


The Bay of Plenty Times has picked up a swag of awards at last night's APN Regional Media Awards - including Newspaper of the Year.

The awards were announced at Wairakei Resort in Taupo.

The paper was named Newspaper of the Year, won Front Page of the Year, while Scott Inglis was named Editor of the Year and Donna Wallace won Advertising Manager of the Year.

The win follows the Bay of Plenty Times being named Newspaper of the Year in the up to 30,000 circulation category at this year's national Canon Media Awards held in Auckland in May.

Bay of Plenty Times feature writer Carly Gibbs was named Feature Writer of the Year. Mrs Gibbs was also a finalist for Feature Writer of the Year at the Canon awards.

The Bay of Plenty Times also last night was named runner up Website of the Year, while Kiri Gillespie was named runner up Senior Reporter of the Year and marketing manager Samantha Dowling was named runner up for newspaper sales and marketing manager of the year.

Overall Community Newspaper of the Year - Hamilton News which comes under the Bay of Plenty Times umbrella of community newspapers; Community Newspaper Sales Manager of the Year - Grayson Bell of the Hamilton News; Sales Consultant of the Year - Sara Allen of the Bay of Plenty Times; Newspaper Sales Annual Award for Excellence - Team, the Bay of Plenty Times marketing team; Community Sales Team of the Year - Te Puke Times; Most Successful Community Advertising Feature 2011 - Te Awamutu Courier for its centennial edition; Outstanding Feature Presentation, Digital Innovator of the Year Advertising - Jo Sutton of the Bay of Plenty Times.

Other awards included APN Daily Achiever runners-up Kate Newton and Keri Welham for their commitment to the breaking news cause; Best in Retail, Bay of Plenty Times; Best Promotional Campaign for the Big Charity Auction and APNZ Community Achiever award - Fritha Tagg of the Waihi Leader.

Bay of Plenty Times editor Scott Inglis said he was proud of the team. "Our journalists, photographers and production staff worked hard to bring readers extensive coverage of the Rena disaster. It is great to be recognised for that effort."

Bay of Plenty Times general manager David Mackenzie was also excited by the paper's haul of awards. "It's so pleasing to see our talented marketing, advertising and editorial teams pick up these awards. Everyone works really hard to produce a great paper for our readers, it's great to see them get recognition for it."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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