Finalists in the Frewin, McCall and, Joel Mervis awards, championed by Print & Digital Media SA, have been announced. These awards recognise newspaper excellence in advertising, printing and production, layout and typography as well as the balanced use of pictures and graphics.
Urban dailies with a circulation above 50 000 are judged in the Frewin award category; urban dailies with a circulation below 50 000 fall under the McCall award category and, urban weeklies irrespective of circulation, are in line to win the Joel Mervis award.
“The standard of printing has fallen and unfortunately there appears to have been little visual innovation this year. However, these comments should be seen in the light of the very high standards the industry has set itself, and that we as judges have become accustomed to in recent years,” said convener of judges, Clive Loxton, creative faculty head of the AAA School of Advertising.
He added while the tough global economic climate must be placing pressure on publishers, it has thankfully not impacted visibly on the standard of newspaper craft. He thanked his fellow judges – Logan Naidu, Tebogo Serobatse and Linda Rademan – all recognized experts in their fields for their valuable contribution.
FREWIN, MCCALL AND, JOEL MERVIS FINALIST AND COMMENDED LISTS
- The Frewin award category recognises urban daily newspapers with a circulation above 50 000. Finalists in this category are:
- Die Burger
Commended: Daily Sun
· The finalists in the McCall award category, which honours urban daily newspapers with a circulation of 50 000 or less, are:
- Die Volksblad
- Business Day
Commended: The Witness
The Joel Mervis category, recognising urban weekly newspapers irrespective of their circulation, yielded the following finalists:
- City Press
- Mail & Guardian