Each year Caxton Publishers & Printers recognises and pays homage to its editorial, sales, advertising, management and support staff at its annual Caxton Excellence Awards. This year, a total of 1 500 entries were submitted by staff for consideration with a total prize value of R280 000 up for grabs.
Some of the most anticipated awards of the night included the Best Free Newspaper (more than 24 pages) which went to Highway Mail edited by Robyn Scott for the second consecutive year and the Best Sold Newspaper (with circulation exceeding 8000) which went to South Coast Herald edited by Colleen Haggard.
Bruce Sturgeon, CEO of Caxton’s Local Newspapers says: “This is the 27th consecutive year of hosting these awards and each year our staff rise to the challenge, exceeding our expectations. This year, in keeping with our multi-media business offering, we’ve added in the categories of Best Multimedia Storyteller of the year by an individual, and Best Multimedia Presence by a local newspaper.”
Zsaraeva Nel and Gerhard Rheeder, both reporters from Middelburg Observer, were awarded joint Best Multimedia Storyteller of the Year while Best Multimedia Presence of a local newspaper went to Rekord Centurion edited by Corné van Zyl.
The Most Promising Newspaper Journalist of the Year was awarded to Kristian Meijer of Pretoria Rekord; Best Get It Magazine of the Year went to Lowvelder edited by Ciska Kay – this after a lengthy reign by the Highly Commended Joburg North Get It team as previous consecutive winners of this category. Field Salesperson of the Year was awarded to Julie Murray from Capital Media: Rekord and Newspaper Journalist of the Year was awarded to Daleen Naudé of the Middelburg Observer.
“Each year we’re reminded of the high levels of creativity, editorial integrity and commitment to quality that our staff displays to our advertisers and readers,” says SPARK Media’s CEO Gill Randall. “For SPARK Media to continue representing the excellent print and digital products we have on offer, it’s crucial that we challenge the status quo by constantly improving our offerings. Critically we also need to know what our readers want. It’s this understanding that is at the heart of the awards and the reason for our ongoing success in the print and digital space.”
Spark Media DNA
Established in 2015, SPARK Media is a result of the fusing of NAB and Habari Media using the legacy platforms and Caxton owned print and digital products – in the form of NAB – and a cutting edge digital sales agency – in the form of Habari Media – to create this new media sales powerhouse. SPARK Media are Strategic Partners in Audience Research and Knowledge and offer ‘Insights that Ignite’.