Quest Community Newspapers
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|Area served||South East Queensland|
It currently publishes weekly tabloids, and one bi-weekly, providing news coverage predominately for the greater Brisbane area. In total, there are 20 free suburban newspapers, one news magazine (City News) and one gloss lifestyle magazine based on the Sunshine Coast, The Weekender distributed to households and businesses throughout South East Queensland.
Its head office is at the corner of Mayne Road and Campbell Street, Bowen Hills, Queensland.
Collectively Quest Community Newspapers cover an area stretching from the Noosa in the north to the borders of the Gold Coast in the south, providing coverage of key suburbs in Brisbane for more than 1,000,000 readers weekly.
The full list of titles are:
- Albert and Logan News - the only bi-weekly newspaper in the group, it publishes every Wednesday and Friday
- Caboolture Shire Herald
- City News
- City North News
- City South News
- Ipswich News
- Logan West Leader
- Noosa Journal
- North-West News
- Northern Times
- Northside Chronicle
- Pine River Press
- Redcliffe & Bayside Herald
- South-East Advertiser
- Southern Star
- South-West News
- Springfield News
- Westside News
- Wynnum Herald
- Maroochy Journal
- Caloundra Journal
All Quest titles feature regular sections such as Motoring, Sport, Property and Entertainment as well as local news and issues. In 2003 and again in 2010 the group undertook a major redesign of all the newspapers to improve the ease with which its newspapers can be read.
The Quest Newspaper Group was formed in July 1985 through an amalgamation of established weekly free-distribution newspapers across Brisbane.
Quest Award programs
Quest Community Newspapers sponsors two awards programs. One rewards young achievers (YoungStar Awards), and the other caters for business owners (Business Achiever Awards).
The YoungStar Awards, were launched in May 2003. They are designed to recognise and pay tribute to the achievements of young people aged between 8 and 18 within the local community and support them in their endeavours to achieve excellence.
There are four categories in which potential YoungStars can be nominated, Arts/Education, Community, Sport and Group. The Arts/Education category is for those who are excelling in the likes of dancing, art, academics, designing, and writing. The Community category caters for those involved in Charity fundraising, volunteering, animal rescue, assisting others and so on. The Sports category is for those who are high achievers in any activity classed as a “sport”.
The Group’s category is slightly different from the other three categories. A Group can consist of 2 or more YoungStar’s who have achieved as a team for example: debating team, speech & drama group, science teams, student council, double/quad sculls rowing team etc. YoungStar’s can be nominated as a group from across the Quest Community Newspapers distribution areas. They do not have to be in the same newspaper title to be eligible. NB: An individual cannot be nominated as an individual and as a team in the same month based on ‘team merits’.
Nominations are usually made by parents, school teachers, and friends of the family, siblings, coaches or superiors. However anyone who believes someone is worthy of a YoungStar award can nominate them.
Becoming a YoungStar
After nominations have closed, a judging panel comes together to determine the winner of each category in each paper region for the time period of the nomination. Once a winner is chosen, they are then notified and invited to the YoungStar Bi-monthly Awards Evening where they are congratulated on their achievement and presented with a trophy and gift.
Once the bi-monthly winners have been announced, they qualify to attend the YoungStar Gala awards evening, where they are judged to become an annual category winner for their local paper. The annual paper winners are then judged by industry experts to be awarded the title of overall category winner, taking with them $5000 cash and prizes.
Previous YoungStar winners
There have been a huge number of young achievers who have won YoungStar Awards and have gone on the achieve success in the public Arena.
Some of our famous past YoungStars include: Jessicah Shipper – first nominated in 2004-05, overall Sport winner 2005-06, Stephanie Rice – First nominated in 2003-04, overall Sport winner 2006-07Sinead Burgess - First nominated in 2004-05, overall Arts/Education winner 2007-08, Talia Fowler - First nominated in 2004-05, overall Arts/Education winner 2008-09 and Yassmin Abdel-Magied – First nominated in 2006-07, overall Community winner 2007-08.
Business Achiever awards
The Business Achievers Awards, proudly sponsored by Suncorp Bank, Ireckon, and MYP Corporation, were established in 1994 to encourage friendly rivalry between local businesses. The Awards program gives winners a marketing edge in their area and helps to create great networking opportunities between local organisations. The Business Achiever Awards aim to publicly recognise excellence in local businesses in the great Brisbane area for their commitment to customer service.