The Star: June 22, 2017


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The Star scoops media awards

THE STAR has been judged

the best of the best at the New

Zealand Community Newspaper


The Star scooped the three top

awards – best newspaper, most

improved newspaper and it also

took out the supreme award

which covers newspapers, magazines

and websites.

Venetia Sherson who judged

the supreme award category said:

The Star is bold in design and

bold in attitude. The Star urges

its readers to engage in debate

and reflect on the issues it deems

important to the community.

“Strong grass roots reporting,

and tight writing are the

hallmarks of the paper. It tackles

big subjects with a sure hand

and features a good mix of civic

issues, crime and community


Mike Fletcher who judged the

most improved newspaper category

said of The Star: “The paper

is a cracker. It is a joy to read.

Judging by The Star’s pagination

growth, the readers and advertisers

like it and value it too.

The Star is filling a vital niche

for news and views in Christchurch.

Every page is attractive.

Every page is interesting.”

It was a big night for Star

Media’s team at the awards

ceremony which was held in

Christchurch on Friday.

As well as The Star winning

the top three awards, Kiwi Gardener

was judged best all round

lifestyle magazine, Gabrielle

Stuart was the winner of the best

senior feature/lifestyle journalist

category and Bridget Rutherford

was runner-up in the junior

reporter and feature writer


Star Media also featured in the

advertising awards.

Rodney Grey was the winner

and runner-up in the best advertising

portfolio categories and

Michaela Bolster was the sales

excellence winner.

The Star is filling a vital

niche for news and views in


– Mike Fletcher, judge

The awards come at a great

time for Star Media – The Star’s

readership has increased substantially

in the latest Nielsen


Star Media has a large portfolio

of newspaper titles – The Star,

Nor’West News, Western News,

Pegasus Post, Southern View,

Bay Harbour News and Selwyn

Times, magazines Kiwi Gardener,

Style, Rugby News and With This

Ring, web news site and operates

several annual events City 2 Surf,

the Home & Leisure Show and

With This Ring, Bridal Show.

Star Media is a family business,

locally-owned by Pier and

Charlotte Smulders.

Star Media chief executive

Steve McCaughan said: “I believe

the awards won on the weekend

are reflective of all our Star Media

team’s effort and the fact that

TEAM: Star Media

reporter Bridget

Rutherford, graphic

designer Rodney Grey,

account executive

Michaela Bolster,

chief executive Steve

McCaughan, managing

director Charlotte

Smulders, editor-in-chief

Barry Clarke, magazines

editor Kate Preece and

reporter Gabrielle Stuart.

we are locally-owned and understand

our local market. We strive

to be the best in all that we do

and it’s satisfying to see all our

efforts recognised at the CNA

awards. I am so lucky and proud

to have such a talented team.

“Our aim is to produce publications

that fully engage with the

audiences they serve.

“Our big haul of awards on the

weekend and the rising readership

of our titles is indicative that

we are hitting the mark.

“This keeps our audiences engaged

and is great news for our

advertisers too.”

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