Awards haul for Bulletin

By Morning Bulletin editor STEVE ETWELL

I HAD a dream come true on Monday night ? and not many of us get the chance to say that.

I attended the APN News and Media awards night in Brisbane, where the best of the editorial and marketing teams in APN's 24 daily newspapers throughout Australia and New Zealand were recognised.

And The Morning Bulletin scooped the top award of the night ? The Readership Team of the Year.

That award recognises the excellent efforts the editorial staff at The Bulletin have put in to turn the newspaper's circulation numbers and fortunes around.

When I first came to the The Bulletin my dream was that I could take it to the top of the APN ladder.

Now The Bulletin, in nine short months, has come from the bottom of the pack to lead the APN group and is seen as a newspaper where the "best practice'' is the standard.

Other teams in our huge newspaper group are now keen to visit and learn what we are doing that is so succcessful.

And what we are doing is putting Readers First (R1).

We have changed The Bulletin in many ways but always with the aim of producing a newspaper that Rockhampton and Central Queensland people want.

We strive every day to put out a paper that is crammed with people, passionate about our region, full of hard news and strong opinions, a paper that entertains and informs and is useful and a paper that reflects our community.

It was a delight to see the tremendous efforts of The Bulletin's editorial team rewarded and there could not have been a prouder editor in the world that night.

And the awards kept flowing.

Chief photographer Luke Marsden took out the Photographer of the Year award with a series of stunning pictures.

And Bulletin newspaper sales and marketing manager Sheryl Gomersall cleaned up with awards for the best Marketing Promotion of the Year (group) and Marketing Promotion of the Year (local).

Sheryl also was runner-up in the Newspapers Sales and Marketing Manager of the Year award.

It was a great night for The Morning Bulletin.

And there is one thing I can assure readers about.

We will always be aiming higher.

It has been a tremendous turnaround and now we want to keep up our push to make your Bulletin the best it can be ? every day.

I thank readers for their comments and support.

I commend to you this marvellous team of professionals at The Bulletin ? not only in the editorial department but throughout the entire newspaper.

They are inspirational and I am proud to be their editor.

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