The Nelson Weekly is officially the second-best community newspaper in the country.
The announcement was made last Friday as part of the Community Newspaper Association awards, which highlights the best in show across the entire country.
The Nelson Weekly came away with the runner up award for the overall best newspaper, narrowly missing out to the Whakatane Beacon, which celebrated its 80th anniversary last year.
Editor Charles Anderson says the achievement is incredible considering that the Weekly has a considerably smaller staff that consistently punches above its weight.
“I’m really proud of the way we have developed the newspaper and the Nelson App into something that locals also feel some pride in.”
Charles says the region had a big and traumatic year in 2019, with everything from the Tasman wildfires to the success of the Mako in the Mitre 10 Cup.
“Our staff were there to cover it all and so it’s great that this dedication has been recognised.”
The Weekly, which turns 10-years-old this year, also had some other success.
Reporter Kate Russell also came runner-up in the Senior News Reporter category, which was won last year by Charles. Sports reporter Jonty Dine also came third in the sports category.
The company’s magazine the Nelson Magazine also came third-place in the best magazine category, and runner-up in best front cover, after only having been in existence for two years.
Meanwhile, Charles was also recently recognised at the prestigious Voyager Media Awards having won the Peter M Acland Fellowship which allows him to work at a news organisation in the United States.