Our reporters win big in SA awards

2015-05-26 06:00
WP Media’s Top 3 finalists are here with Marita Meyer, group editor, at the MDDA/Sanlam Local Media Awards dinner on Friday. From left are Carina Roux, Monique Duval (winning People’s Post reporter), Meyer, Stehan Schoeman, Magriet Theron and André B

WP Media’s Top 3 finalists are here with Marita Meyer, group editor, at the MDDA/Sanlam Local Media Awards dinner on Friday. From left are Carina Roux, Monique Duval (winning People’s Post reporter), Meyer, Stehan Schoeman, Magriet Theron and André B

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People’s Post sister publication TygerBurger is once again the best free (corporate-owned) newspaper in the country.

The newspaper’s Bellville edition won this prestigious award at the 2014 MDDA/Sanlam Local Media Awards dinner at Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng on Friday. These awards recognise the best local newspapers, radio and TV stations and their reporters.

Monique Duval, reporter for People’s Post, won the award for Best Photography: Features and Portraits.

The awards are considered the Oscars of the local media industry and is the only competition in which local newspapers and journalists from different media houses and owners from all over the country compete.

Many other journalists from TygerBurger and People’s Post were among the Top 10 and even the Top 3 in various categories.

Samantha Lee, reporter for the Mitchell’s Plain edition of People’s Post, and Desireé Rorke, reporter for TygerBurger’s Brackenfell and Kraaifontein editions, were among the Top 10 in the Focus on People: Human Interest writing category.

Magriet Theron of the Parow edition of TygerBurger was among the Top 3 News photographers, with André Bakkes of TygerBurger’s Milnerton and Table View editions in the Top 3 for Sport photos. Carina Roux, photographer of WP Media which publishes TygerBurger, People’s Post and City Vision, was in the Top 3 for Photographer of the Year.

TygerBurger’s Brackenfell edition was also in the Top 3 for the best front page (corporate-owned, free newspaper).

Marita Meyer, group editor of WP Media, says she is extremely proud of her team: “Everyone works very hard and under huge pressure, so it is quite rewarding when we are recognised for this hard work.”

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