THE COURIER has added weight to the case that it is the most outstanding news outlet in regional Victoria with a swag of awards at the Rural Press Club of Victoria's annual awards.
The Courier won the top prize of best media outlet in Victoria for its combined coverage in print and online.
The awards also showed the depth of talent in the newsroom taking out the Best Feature story by Kim Quinlan in a revelatory article on domestic violence featuring Tony Lovett as part of the It's Up To Us campaign.
Journalists Tom Cowie, Gavin McGrath, Patrick Byrne and Jordan Oliver were all highly commended for their coverage of the NBN asbestos scandal that has rocked Ballarat this year, while Kate Healy was highly commended in the general interest photo category. Also highly commended was Kim Stephens for her feature story on the perils of going alcohol free.
Editor Andrew Eales said the awards were recognition of The Courier's commitment to the Ballarat community and news coverage.
"It's fantastic for the work of our editorial team to be recognised by the industry," Mr Eales said.
"We take our role as a community leader and the delivery
of the latest news and information very seriously and these awards are a great reward."
The annual Rural Press Club of Victoria awards are open to media outlets from across the state covering rural and regional news and issues.