Caterpillar drama wins prestigious award

An ongoing investigation into a bug found under a plane tree has won New Zealand’s most coveted media prize. Number 8 Wire, an online community news service in Waikato settlement Gordonton, scooped the latest Alcohol Sponsorship Press Award with its breaking stories about the life cycle of a caterpillar.

“Can’t wait for the next instalment,” said Metro hack and awards convenor Steve Braunias.

“The photography is excellent, the science reporting is simple and specific, and the sense of wonder is contagious.

“This is a great series – and totally in keeping with the rest of Number 8 Wire, which the judges find consistently entertaining and informative, with stories ranging from the history of cow sheds to concerns about the deceptive corner on Horsham Downs Road.”

Number 8 Wire is run by Annette Taylor and her daughter Iris Riddell. They will receive a bottle of award-winning Stolen Rum as their prize. The Alcohol Sponsorship Press Awards (ASPs), established last year, are held in association with Stolen Rum, and are announced each Friday on the Twitter account @SteveBraunias.

The award recognises excellence and strangeness in New Zealand media, including social media, and is open to editors, reporters, subs, weblog writers, photographers, illustrators, critics and even press secretaries. The judging panel comprises a seasoned media professional in each of the four main centres, as well as Hastings and Rangiora. Previous winners of the ASPs include Cheryl Riley (Hokitika Guardian), TV3 political editor Patrick Gower, Christchurch author Jane Bowron and semi-literate George FM radio host Nick Dwyer.

This week’s finalists are:

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