He’s been with us for less than a week – but our newest addition to the team of News reporters already has a front page lead under his belt – and an award.
Benjamin Wilson has completed Wintec studies to become a News reporter and his brief is to get the best stories from Te Awamutu, Ōhaupō, Ōtorohanga, Pirongia and Kihikihi.
Readers will note he’s already been to Kihikihi to meet Sir Douglas, a Kunekune pig.
And on Tuesday he revealed he will collect the award for top New Zealand diploma of journalism student at next month’s Wintec graduation.
Good Local News Director Roy Pilott – who tutored Benjamin at Wintec last year – said he is looking forward to the stories coming the way of Te Awamutu News readers.
“Benjamin is an outstanding young journalist and I was delighted when he accepted an opportunity to come and tell our stories,” Pilott said.
The Good Local team also includes two of the country’s most experienced community newspaper journalists in Mary Anne Gill and Viv Posselt, and Steph Bell-Jenkins, whose human interest stories were a highlight in the Te Awamutu News and Cambridge News in 2021.