Judge: Graham Gorrel

Most of this year’s entries in this section again excitingly combined the talents of various editorial departments in producing a front page as a selling point to effectively harness and display the day’s best story across one or two pages inside.

To do this effectively requires a punchy short explanation that is not over-written, backed with graphics highlighting the major story issues, innovative picture and a snappy headline. Most of the entries did not let the judge down! Overall, the standard was top notch.

It was a pleasure to again judge this section providing my assessment that members of Country Press South Australia continue to provide outstanding editorial coverage and support for their communities.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Leader, Barossa.


Gawler Council was threatened by a state minister that its entire funding might be stripped if it did not toe the line on a major road link alignment, a decision that riled residents and produced a stunning page one response from the newspaper with a great picture that depicted the serious situation for residents.


An eye-catching headline, deliberate photographic planning to allow for a protestor’s signs to be brought into the reader’s view and permit the article to be easily read were all part of a team effort to bring readers a most significant aspect to an important local story.

WINNER: Yorke Peninsula Country Times

“Sickening” was the page one banner headline for a story about a health crisis that shocked. The newspaper used bright colours and graphics to great effect on page one to point to a three-page report inside that revealed the area’s residents had the worst health in the state in four major categories. A great page one in all respects.


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