& THE JUDGES SAID… COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA AWARDS 2011:
BEST COMMUNITY CONTENT (out of 33 ENTRIES) WINNER: BLACKWOOD NEWS
“All entries were impressive, with such a lot of dedication & community involvement evident. Congratulations to all entrants for the quality of their publications. Many communities have overcome great adversity, particularly after devastating events of nature. A great kindred spirit marked all the publications.
Although the Blackwood News is a black & white publication, there is still plenty of ‘colour’ in its pages. The local community is brought to life with an inviting, clever mix of news events, human interest & reader involvement. Readers are given a bird’s eye view of the local community – & what a great place it seems too – through the pages of the Blackwood News,
which canvasses everything from editor Jinny Coyle’s thoughts to what’s on at venues around town, new born youngsters & glamorous ‘olders’, even a happy bunch of fiddlers. The win “Mr Wabbit’ competition, where kids- but probably lots of grown ups too – are challenged to count the number of bunnies in one issue, is a great idea. In addition, the history & travel tales are wonderful. So too, the reflective pieces from locals about their life experiences.
With everything from lost & found to football tips, CFA updates & church rescue missions, the Blackwood News is a great read & a great insight into the local community & was this deliberate? Almost everyone in the myriad of photographs seems to be smiling.”
As another year is about to pass, our trusty regular contributors have more great articles for your enjoyment. Genevieve Messenger is back with more Tree Challenges p3 & thanks Bev Cooper (from Tasmania for your new feature for kids p16. The gig guide is on p7 but also remember to get baking trays ready for the Big Blackwood Christmas Bake-off on December 17!
Of interest to anyone considering advertising in Blackwood News are the October November issues downloads almost reached just over 10,000 copies (p22) that’s 10,000 sets of eyes seeing your ad!
Within minutes of delivering the hard copies around Blackwood, I had many complaints that I had pulled to calendar! I took this decision because it is too difficult to maintain the dates accurately but if you would like to see it back again & would like to volunteer to keep a diary of Blackwood birthdays please email me. Remember, this is your community news so if you have an article, feature, story, photo or comment you would like to see in the February March ’12 issue, please mark deadline dates in your diary (p2), put a reminder a week earlier & email me your bits & bobs or drop them in the drop box outside the Blackwood Merchant.
– download the colour version Vol 4:Issue 4/6: Dec2011/Jan2012 issue of The Blackwood Times (5.5mb .pdf)
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