CEO for the Australian Regional Media division Neil Monaghan congratulates Mikarla Marsden from mydailynews.com.au, Tweed Heads, on winning website of the year.
CEO for the Australian Regional Media division Neil Monaghan congratulates Mikarla Marsden from mydailynews.com.au, Tweed Heads, on winning website of the year. Warren Lynam

My Daily News wins website of the year on 125th birthday

THE Tweed shire can now lay claim to the best news website on the east coast.

My Daily News, the website of paper the Tweed Daily News, has claimed the honour of website of the year for 2013 at the APN Australian Regional Media Awards.

Editor Mikarla Marsden said she was over the moon.

"It's a real thrill to be recognised by our peers and we beat off some top competition to take the honour," Mrs Marsden said.

"We constantly thrive as a team to keep our website constantly ticking over with breaking stories and happenings across the Tweed.

"During the Australia Day floods our team worked around the clock to bring readers plenty of photos and updates."

The team also picked up an award for best use of multimedia 2013 for our story asking readers to vote for the best cheap meals in Tweed.

Judges praised My Daily News for its interactivity, stating: "Choices in headlines, quirky photo opportunities and story choices show a thorough understanding of high distribution web content."

Mrs Marsden said it was a fantastic night for the Tweed office, with staffer John Gass picking up photographer of the year (non-daily) for his outstanding work, while photographer Blainey Woodham was also a finalist in the category.

Journalist and Tweed product Luke Mortimer scored a nomination for reporter of the year (non-daily) and Mrs Marsden was a finalist in editor of the year.

APN is the Daily News' parent company and boasts large titles around regional Australia including the Sunshine Coast Daily, Toowoomba Chronicle and Lismore Northern Star.

The Daily News is celebrating its 125th anniversary this month, with a souvenir book in newsagents now.



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