Award-winning Punch thanks its readers
The Punch has won its second major award in as many months after being honoured with the Chairman’s Award at the annual News Awards in Sydney on Friday.
The award, which recognises editorial innovation across News Limited’s many media brands, follows the site’s recognition at last month’s PANPA Awards as Best Specialist Website.
“The Punch isn’t attracting people because it’s new. It’s because it’s refreshing, unpredictable, intelligent, informed, fun - and fun is infectious,” News Limited chairman and chief executive John Hartigan said on presenting the award.
“What it proves is that if you create something fantastic, people want to be part of it - including the readers.”
Punch editor David Penberthy said the readers of The Punch were in many ways the real stars of the website, with more than 30,000 comments already posted in its brief five-month existence.
“We are thrilled with the response so far and thank everyone for their clicks and their comments, and look forward to continuing to grow the site well into the future.”
The major award of the night, the Sir Keith Murdoch Award, was won by Gary Hughes of The Australian for his highly personal coverage of the Victorian bushfires - including his remarkably courageous account of how he and his wife lost their house, and almost their lives, on that terrible Saturday. Read Gary’s piece here.
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