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ICE member, Caerphilly Observer has been named Independent Community News Service of the Year at the 2016 Wales Media Awards for the second year in a row!

The Wales Media Awards aim to celebrate and promote great journalism produced from Wales. They are open to all journalists, photographers and camera operators based in Wales who publish or broadcast work of Welsh interest in Wales or further afield.

Regarding the win, the judges said: “You do journalism proud and are a standard bearer for the need to ensure all communities are represented by vibrant and strong media outlets. A totally professional publication with high standards of writing, subbing and layout – no over-sensationalised headlines here, just good, solid local stories, written in a good, sold style.”

Richard Gurner, editor and publisher of Caerphilly Observer, said: “We were so excited to be nominated again for this prestigious award, and I’m thrilled that we’ve won. We are extremely honoured by the judges’ comments.

“I set-up Caerphilly Observer in 2009 as a web-only publication, and when I look back at our achievements over the last seven years, such as launching a print edition, I am stunned at how far we have come. I can honestly say I have been overwhelmed at times by the positive response we have received from the communities that we serve.

“I would like to thank both our readers and our advertisers for their continuing support – without them we are nothing.”

Congratulations, Richard and the team!