Top gongs for the Daily

CHICKEN DINNER! Sunshine Coast Daily editor Jenna Cairney accepts the award for Newspaper of the Year.
CHICKEN DINNER! Sunshine Coast Daily editor Jenna Cairney accepts the award for Newspaper of the Year. Adam Hourigan

THE Sunshine Coast Daily has capped a great year by taking the premier award in the 2016 Australian Regional Media Editorial Awards - Newspaper of the Year.

The judges said: "The Daily, under the leadership of editor Jenna Cairney, has undergone a dramatic turnaround in the past year, increasing overall readership and re-establishing itself as one of ARM's stand out performers."

To top off the glory, Daily journalist Scott Sawyer took out the coveted Reporter of the Year award.

At a ceremony in Maroochydore on Wednesday night judges praised Mr Sawyer's "great feel for what his readers want to read about".

"The reader feels like Scott has their back as he campaigns and highlights stories that matter," the judges said.

Daily reporter Nicky Moffat was a runner up in the competitive field.

Former Noosa News and now Daily feature writer Ann Rickard won Feature Writer of the Year for her body of work which showed "a variety of technique".

The awards highlighted the range of talent working in the ARM Maroochydore office. Seven of the 15 awards were picked up by employees who work and live locally.

Denise Pickering, one of ARM's most experienced editors, was named Editor of the Year.

Denise is the Editor in Chief of ARM's stable of non-daily publications, and was recognised for her remarkable efforts in improving the quality of those products, as well as being an outstanding mentor for dozens of journalists.

Terry Mallinder won Sports Reporter of the Year, Sue Clohesy won Headline Writer of the Year and Grant Edwards won Best Digital Innovation for his niche product Multisport Mecca.

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