Our journalists recognised for in-depth work in APN judging
NORTHERN STAR editorial staff scooped the pool at Wednesday night's APN Readership Awards on the Sunshine Coast.
Senior reporter Jane Gardner, 24, won the News Writer of the Year award for her coverage of the tragic deaths of four Lismore boys, the fight for more hospital beds and a campaign which raised $16,000 for Lismore's Warby family.
Cadet reporter Will Jackson, 27, won Young Journalist of the Year for stories including the effect of the drug Ice on frontline emergency workers and the looming sale of Byron Bay's Beach Hotel.
Adrian Miller, 26, won Sports Writer of the Year for his 'been there, done that' series and a story on the death of a Ballina footballer.
Finalists included photographer Gemma RoseTurnbull in the Photographer of the Year category, editor Russell Eldridge in the Editor of the Year section, Megan Kinninment in the Feature Writer of the Year category, while the whole team were final- ists in the Readership Team of the Year, Campaigning Newspaper of the Year and Local Sales and Marketing Campaign cate- gories. The Star's sister papers in Grafton and Tweed Heads also picked up one and three awards, respectively.