THE Border Mail last night won a NSW Kennedy Award for outstanding regional newspaper reporting for its Ending the Suicide Silence campaign.
The Chris Watson Award was received by editor, Di Thomas, and was among 33 categories recognised during a gala night at the Australian Turf Club ballroom at Randwick.
The Border Mail was one of three finalists for the award named in honour of the late Chris Watson, a former editor of the Newcastle Herald.
Ashleigh Gleeson from Wagga’s The Daily Advertiser and Matthew Kelly from the Newcastle Herald were also finalists.
Ms Thomas said it was a privilege to receive the award on behalf of newsroom staff and those individuals who agreed to be interviewed as part of the newspaper’s landmark series that began on August 4, last year.
“During the past 12 months we have learnt about the power of a collaborative team effort and about the strengths of working with our community to explore important issues related to suicide and mental health,” she said.
“The announcement in June from former federal Mental Health Minister Mark Butler that Albury-Wodonga would receive a headspace centre to augment mental health services for our region’s youth was a significant win. But so too has been the greater community recognition we have witnessed for the pain and grief suffered by those who are touched by the tragedy of suicide.”
In December, The Border Mail won two Walkley Awards for its Ending the Suicide Silence campaign.