Ferntree Gully News recognised at CNAV Awards 2023

Ferntree Gully News is proud to have been recognised at the 2023 CNAV Community Newspaper Awards, held this year on Saturday 21st October.

Gully News was a finalist for ‘Best Newspaper’ and ‘Best Editorial Comment’ (December 2022, by Anne Boyd).

Each year the CNAV Conference is held by the Community Newspaper Association of Victoria to celebrate and bring local newspapers together from across the state, providing an opportunity to learn from each other and swap notes. It is also an opportunity to discuss the future, growth and publishing of these newspapers.

We thank you, our readers, for your continued support. We love bringing you the stories of the Gully.

Ferntree Gully News team. From left to right: writer Teresa Cannon, designer Mari Mariati, judge Jeanette Severs, Editor Anne Boyd, photographer Barbara Oehring, Assistant Editor Liliane Azar, and writer Narmada Gunawardhana.

CNAV 18th Annual Conference and Awards

By Liliane Azar
Assistant Editor

Community Newspaper Association of Victoria (CNAV) held its 18th annual conference and awards on Saturday 21 October. The conference brings together representatives from community newspapers from right across Victoria and is a great chance to network with volunteers from other papers.

The venue was the Mercure, North Melbourne. Six volunteers from Gully News attended the event.

CNAV President James Poyner gave the keynote address. He discussed the importance of not for profit community newspapers in a rapidly evolving media landscape. Topics of workshops were ‘mental health and how to report on it’, ‘practising cybersecurity and writing about it’ and ‘editing – dealing with other people’s submissions’.

The day concluded with a guided walk of North Melbourne, led by committee member and North Melbourne local Anne Burgi. The walk coincided with the Queensberry Cup – a Billy cart race and street festival, so the surrounding streets were bustling with billy carts, entertainment, and food trucks. Great timing!

After dinner, the much anticipated awards ceremony. The judges commented on the high calibre of entrants this year. Ferntree Gully News was very happy to walk away with two awards; finalist for ‘Best editorial comment’ (Dec 2022, by Anne Boyd), and finalist for ‘Best Newspaper’.

Thank you, Ferntree Gully, for being a great community to report on, and thank you to all the volunteers who collaborate to be the voice of the community.

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