My Weekly Preview has been named Queensland’s Best Free Newspaper at the highly coveted 113th Queensland Country Press Association Awards.
The judging team hailed MWP as a “cut above” and an impressive publication.
“More full marks, with seven new publications swelling entry numbers and providing excellent competitions. The positiveness in the frees was very pleasing,” they said.
The prestigious awards attracted more than 400 entries with strong submissions from many of the 78 established and new mastheads.
My Weekly Preview columnist Jane Stephens was also honoured and named as runner-up in the award for Best Column. We also won the award for Best One-off Commercial Feature with Operation Bounceback – a 32-page magazine that highlighted Sunshine Coast businesses tackling the COVID-19 challenges.
Our monthly My Renovation magazine was named runner-up in Best Newspaper Regular Commercial Feature, and despite only being launched six months ago, our sister site sunshinecoastnews.com.au took the top digital trophy for regional media.
The site also won the inaugural Award for Excellence in Digital Innovation, which recognises innovation in online news coverage, presentation and engagement.
“While it provides a strong local news presence, it is more than an online news site. In simple terms, it is the complete package,’’ the judges said. “It features a mix of local news, human interest features and stories about entertainment.”
SCN also claimed silver in Best House Advertisement or Promotion for its launch campaign.
My Weekly Preview editor Candice Holznagel says to take gold in the state’s best free publication category is a momentous milestone.
“Across all Sunshine Coast Publishing platforms, we strongly champion the importance of producing high-quality journalism with products that centre on integrity, balance and fairness. These awards indicate that we are on the right track,” she says.
“In the midst of a global pandemic, as businesses were forced into closure, we took the bold step to further invest in our products and meet the community’s call for more local news. We are proud to deliver free, independent quality content to the Sunshine Coast.
“Our teams – across sunshinecoastnews.com.au, salt magazine, Your Time, My Renovation and My Weekly Preview magazines – may be small but we are hardworking and passionate.
“Of course, we could not continue to bring you the Sunshine Coast’s best human interest, lifestyle and news stories if it wasn’t for the endless contributors such as columnists, photographers, community and sporting groups, businesses and our loyal readers and advertisers. For this, we say thank you.”
Peter Hall, editor of sunshinecoastnews.com.au, says the Best Online Publication and Excellence in Digital Innovation awards are significant honours and show that free and independent journalism can not only survive, but thrive. “Our promise six months ago was to inform, connect and celebrate the Sunshine Coast and we have made a good start.”