On Thursday last week, my editor called and asked if I wanted to go to the Qantas Media Awards on Friday night. Usually, you get shoulder tapped by your editor a long time in advance if you've won anything or been nominated for an award. So it was a bit of mystery as to why I'd been invited at the last minute.
Was stoked to find I was a finalist in the Best Feature Writer (Junior) section, and as with the Oscars, they read the nominees and then the winner. I knew I wasn't going to be the winner, but was a bit disappointed for my pal Kate from the Waikato Times when Jared Morgan from the Southland Times took it out. C'est la vie. Still stoked to have two tables of Domposters clapping their mits off for me.
Overall Winner: Jared Morgan, The Southland Times
Finalists: Owen Hembry, The New Zealand Herald
Kate Monahan, Waikato Times
Kimberley Rothwell, Dominion Post