Journalists recognised

Five staff members of Cape Community Newspapers (CCN), which publishes Tabletalk and its 14 sister titles, were among the finalists in the 2018 Forum for Community Journalists annual Excellence Awards. In the hard news category, in which CCN had four finalists, the judges noted that they had received a strong selection of entries, with many strong, hard-hitting stories, most of which were about crime and service delivery problems. In the human interest category, in which CCN had one finalists and one honourable mention, the judges noted that “local newspapers are synonymous with human interest stories”. Pictured at the award ceremony held in Centurion over the weekend are hard news category finalists Hazel Allies-Husselman (Athlone News), Tamlynne Thompson (CapeTowner), Karen Watkins (Constantiaberg Bulletin) and Yolande du Preez (False Bay Echo); CCN editor Chantel Erfort and human interest category finalist Lauren O’Connor-May (ex-Northern News Kuils River/Brackenfell/Kraaifontein).