Townsville site wins Print Centre of the Year

News Corp’s Townsville Print Centre has won Print Centre of the Year at the 2019 News Media Awards, beating out fellow News Corp printers in Darwin, and Yandina.

The Townsville Print Centre produces the Townsville Bulletin, which is now the only printed daily that services Far North Queensland, following Fairfax (now Nine) pulling out of the region in March 2018.

According to News Media Works, the award is selected for the best print operation that embraces not only the quality of work but also change management, productivity and health and safety.

Commenting on the Townsville Print Centre award, the judges said: “A print centre not prepared to just stand still, Townsville shows a vibrant willingness to self-improve.”

In addition, Apple Daily Printing Hong Kong won the Best Run of Press award and was described as a “visual feast” by the judges, beating out Australian Community Media and News Corp printing houses to take the award.

Best Execution of Print Advertising for a Client was won by Seven West Media at the community level, Australian Community Media (ACM) at the regional level, and News Corp Australia for the national/metro papers.

Best Use of Print was won by NZME for its New Zealand Herald “They are us” front page calling for unity following the Christchurch massacre, a collection of small red hearts making up a larger heart, with writing underneath: “Together we mourn our 50 sisters and brothers”.

Peter Miller, CEO, NewsMediaWorks, said, “I offer my sincere congratulations to all the winners in this year’s News Media Awards. Once again the calibre of entries and the significant commitment to innovation and editorial excellence demonstrated by our publishers has impressed the judging panel and made selecting winners a challenging process.

“The News Media Awards recognise excellence in the people, the products, the purpose and performance of news media brands today. Excellence that is a key driver of trust in our brands.”

The 2019 News Media Awards gala dinner was recently held at the conclusion of the annual INFORM News Media Summit.  More than 350 people attended the awards ceremony at the Ivy Ballroom in Sydney, hosted by The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel and Andrew Hansen.

News media publishers from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific submitted more than 500 entries for the seven categories in the 2019 awards. The awards recognise excellence in cross platform news publishing, reflected in categories covering advertising, marketing, technical, product innovation, executive excellence, photography and the overall news brand awards.

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