Star does it again
By Alex Easton
The Northern Star has won one of regional Australia's biggest journalism awards for the second year in a row.
Editor Russell Eldridge said the 2005 Sir Harry Budd Memorial Award was as much a tribute to the Northern Rivers community as it was to the newspaper.
Mr Eldridge accepted the award yesterday at Lismore's Invercauld House for The Northern Star's campaign to restore rail services to the Northern Rivers; notably for stories run just before and after the axing of the service.
It is the second time Mr Eldridge has accepted the award for The Star.
"What's pleasing is that this is an award to the whole community," Mr Eldridge said.
That recognition went from local political leaders from all parties through to grassroots community members and groups such as Northern Rivers Trains for the Future.
Mr Eldridge said staff at all levels of The Star worked as a team on the campaign.
The award, for NSW country journalism, was established in the memory of the former general manager of The Land, Sir Harry Budd.
Sir Harry's son, Dale Budd, praised the quality of journalism at The Northern Star, saying the paper's commitment to excellence was the reason it had featured so strongly in the award over the years.
Star reporter Zoe Satherley won the award last year.