The Western Weekender has been nominated for Community Newspaper of the Year at the PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards, which will be held in September.
It’s the third time in four years the publication has been nominated for the award and the first time under the ownership of Western Sydney Publishing Group.
The Weekender is up against The City, The Courier Narrabri, Macarthur Chronicle, Mandurah Mail, Riverine Herald, The Northern Miner and the Maitland Mercury in the category.
“We feel exceptionally honoured to be nominated in this category and believe it is recognition of the hard work our entire team at the Weekender puts in every week,” said Managing Editor, Troy Dodds.
“For these nominations to come up in our 25th anniversary year is particularly special, as it’s a year of celebration for the publication.”
The Weekender has also been nominated in the Technical Excellence division in the Single-Width Community category, via the North Richmond Print Centre.
And Managing Editor, Troy Dodds, has been nominated for the prestigious Hegarty Scholarship.
The scholarship was established in 1987 in memory of Patrick Hegarty, Executive Director of PANPA from 1983 to 1986.
It is a bursary of $10,000, used to finance an overseas study tour of any aspect of newspaper and/or digital operations.
The Newspaper of the Year Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, September 2.