Our award-winning paper

The Burnett Today team with the Gympie Today team at the QCPA awards night.

Burnett Today is officially an award-winning newspaper… and we are yet to celebrate our first birthday in July 2021.

The Burnett Today team headed off to Brisbane last Friday night for the annual Queensland Country Press Association awards.

Despite being less than a year old, the paper was commended for journalistic excellence, advertising and feature campaigns with a grand total of 10 awards.

We are proud to announce our newspaper was named as the second-best newspaper in Queensland -across two QCPA categories.

The ‘best paid newspaper’ category focussed on the entire newspaper, while the ‘overall journalistic excellence for a newspaper’ assessed the papers for their overall editorial content, standard of journalism and photography.

A very special moment was our win for the night with the Business to Business campaign ‘Locals Supporting Locals’ winning first place in the ‘Award for the Best Community Advertising Promotion’.

The Young Journalist of the Year category was highly contested with a record number of entries. Judge Brian Hurst said the award paid tribute to the outstanding talent and passion shown by the young journalists in regional communities. Cadet journalist Amy Buckingham finished up with a highly commended, while journalist Jessica McGrath won an equal third place in the Young Journalist of the Year category.

A huge shout out to all of the papers part of the Star News Group who all achieved tremendous results. We’ve got a strong support network of news media behind us and we are so fortunate.

Last, but certainly not least, we would like to say thank you to the Burnett community.

To everyone who supports our paper as we work tirelessly to make Burnett Today a ‘true community paper’, we say thank you – this could not be possible without you.

Publication Awards:

Award for Best Paid Newspaper: 2nd place Burnett Today

Advertising Awards:

Award For the Best Community Advertising Promotion: 1st place ‘Locals supporting Locals’

Award For Best ROP Newspaper Feature Supplement: 2nd place ‘100 years of Peanuts in the Burnett’

Award For Best Newspaper Supplement Insert: 3rd place ‘Kingaroy High Formal Class of 2020’

Award For Best Locally Produced Print Advertising Campaign: 2nd place ‘Personalised Road Safety Messages -“It’s time to take notice”‘

Award For Best Locally Produced Print Advertising Campaign: Highly commended ‘October is Sexual Violence Awareness Month’

Best House Advertisement of Promotion: Equal second place ‘Focus on selling your property faster!’

Journalistic Excellence:

Award for Overall Journalistic Excellence For a Newspaper: 2nd place

Award for Young Journalist of the Year: Equal 3rd place -Journalist Jessica McGrath

Award for Young Journalist of the Year: Highly commended -Journalist Amy Buckingham