Caerphilly Observer has been nominated for two prestigious industry awards.
The independent news service has been nominated in the Community Journalism of the Year and the News Website of the Year categories for this year’s Wales Media Awards.
It is the sixth time Caerphilly Observer has been nominated for the Community award – having won it four years in a row between 2015 and 2018.
Richard Gurner, Publisher and Editor of Caerphilly Observer, said: “Being nominated for these two awards is a huge honour.
“Being an independent and locally-owned company, without the backing of a large organisation, we operate on a tiny budget.
“To be in the running for two awards is a huge achievement for us. We are a very small team who work really hard to keep our readers informed.
“I’d like to thank our readers, our advertisers, and all the places that stock our newspaper for their continued support.”
The awards ceremony takes place this year on Friday, March 20, at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff.
Alongside Caerphilly Observer in the Community category are Grangetown Community News and Cwmbran Life, while in the News Website category there are Wales Online, ITV Cymru Wales, Leader Live, and North Wales Live.
The awards, organised by the Journalists’ Charity, celebrate and promote great journalism in Wales, and will be hosted by BBC Wales presenter Lucy Owen and ITV Cymru Wales’ Jonathan Hill.
• A full list of the nominees across all categories can be found at www.walesmediaawards.co.uk
Why we do what we do.
For the last ten years, Caerphilly Observer has provided an award-winning, balanced, and independent news service to the people of Caerphilly County Borough.
We believe the public should be informed about their community, coherently and with context.
However, running a professional news service comes at a financial cost.
Caerphilly Observer is predominantly funded through advertising, and while this has supported us in the past, and continues to do so, we are looking to raise funding through other means.
While the print edition of Caerphilly Observer will still be free to pick up from more than 100 outlets across the county borough, we know this isn’t convenient for some readers.
For just £40 a year, readers will be able to get their copy of Caerphilly Observer posted out to them. Around £25 of this will go towards the cost of the postage, while the remaining £15 will go towards funding and developing our news service.