The YP Country Times also finished in the top three for several other categories during the annual awards dinner, held in Hahndorf on Friday night.
Winning best newspaper with a circulation of more than 5000 copies was a moment of great pride and jubilation for YPCT managing editor Michael Ellis and staff.
“The paper has been knocking on the door, finishing in the top three for the past several years,” Mr Ellis said.
Judge Bruce Morgan said the YP Country Times won against a high-quality field of entries.
“There is no doubt the Country Times has improved its overall presentation on last year,” Mr Morgan said.
“It looks healthy and acts the same, with thoughtful front pages, both clean and colourful.
“It shows strong community diversity, with terrific sport, and is better sectioned than last year.
“There are plenty of people, with the best community section of all the newspapers in this category.
“In advertising, presentation was clear and solid, with the Beach Day Out an attractive example.”
Runner-up in the 5000-plus category was last year’s winner The Murray Pioneer and third was The Leader, Barossa Valley.
The YP Country Times was also up against the Border Watch at Mount Gambier, which prints four editions per week, The Courier at Mount Barker, which prints twice per week, and five other large regional papers.
In the next circulation category down, for papers distributing 2400 to 5000 copies, the Plains Producer at Balaklava won first place.
The Producer is proudly printed by the YP Country Times in Kadina.
Other Country Press SA Awards
THE Yorke Peninsula Country Times finished in the top three for several of the 14 categories in which it was nominated.
Other podium placements included:
- Best Advertisement Product and Image: Second place, Kadina Hotel lamb shank and Guinness promotion. “The advertisement has great appeal to the pub meal punter, the offer is clear and quickly it tells you when it’s available and where you can get it.” — judge Bob Yeates.
- Best Supplement: Second place, Copper Coast Visitors’ Guide. “An A4-sized glossy magazine- type publication which oozed great content and good photos of the region.” — judge Graham Greenwood.
- Best Front Page: Third place, Manhunt. “A man armed with a gun on the run doesn’t occur in a country town too often. When it did at Kadina, the YPCT staff were on hand, pursued police in their hunt for the wanted man and captured the action in a great front page, Manhunt. Another fine effort from a consistently excellent newspaper.” — judge Graham Gorrel.
- Best Headline: Second place, What’s NXT? “A headline that asked what would happen after the safe Liberal seat of Grey was forced into a recount following the strong showing of Nick Xenophon Team’s candidate Andrea Broadfoot.” — judge John Pick.
- Best Sports Photo: Third place, dirt kart crash by Rod Penna. “Away from the traditional sporting scene, this dirt kart racing crash portrayed the thrills and spills with perfect timing.” — judge Lloyd Jenkins.
- Excellence in Journalism: Third place, Nick Perry. “During 2016, cuts to bag limits became a highly controversial issue on the peninsula. Nick’s comprehensive coverage of the proposed changes covered 16 articles including six page 1 stories. At all times, Nick ensured he covered all sides of the wide-ranging debate.” — judge Kym Tilbrook.