THE Beacon has won Community Newspaper of the Year at the 2019 awards at the Voyager Media Awards for the second-year running.

The paper was one of six finalists in its category at the national awards announced in an online ceremony on Friday.

The judges said the Beacon continued to produce a complete and well-crafted package for readers built on a foundation of solid news values.

“Its coverage of the killer explosion at Whakaari/White Island was first-class.

The Beacon demonstrates it cares about what happens on its patch, from the big story to club activities.”

Two Allied Press publications, Mountain Scene in Queenstown and The Courier in Timaru were joint runners-up.

Beacon managing director John Spring said it was a tremendous result for the Beacon and such success would not have been possible without the contribution and support of the community.

“I was a bit surprised having won it last year for the first time.

“We’ve had to cover some pretty difficult events like the Whaakari eruption. It was very tough for the reporters talking to the victims and their families.”

Editor Neryda McNabb is thrilled with the win.

“I did not think we could pull this off two years in a row, but we have. All credit must go to the dedicated team here – the reporters, photographer, advertising, administration and production staff who work so hard each day to put out the best product they can.

“And of course, we could not do what we do without our readers and the community behind us, letting us into their lives to share their stories, the good and the bad.”