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The Ensign sports reporter Kayla Hodge

Your local newspaper has one of the best community sports writers in the country.

The Ensign reporter Kayla Hodge was named best junior sports reporter at the Community Newspaper Association’s annual awards.

Judges said Miss Hodge’s sports reporting showed great variety, her stories flowed, and she showed good knowledge.

“Kayla’s lively and tight writing style enables her to capture both the subject of her story, as well as the readers of The Ensign,” the judges said.

“Her portfolio demonstrated that she can handle a wide variety of subjects and themes and is able to condense large amounts of information into small column spaces, which is invaluable for editors with limited space.”

Allied Press communities editor Stu Oldham was thrilled Miss Hodge was recognised as one of the most promising young community reporters in New Zealand.

“Kayla is one out of the box – an enthusiastic and passionate journalist in a patch where sport is such an important part of community life.”

Miss Hodge joined The Ensign in June last year.

Runner-up in the category was John Cosgrove, a reporter at The Ensign‘s stablemate, the Clutha Leader

Both newspapers are owned by Allied Press, which scooped several awards in Christchurch on Friday.