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Gazette pair nab Best of Bermuda awards

Let us pay tribute to two of our own.

While neither seek accolades, senior reporters Simon Jones and Owain Johnston-Barnes can both hold their heads a little higher courtesy of the 2016 Best of Bermuda awards.

Mr Jones, whose work in our pages stood out in the category for journalism, gave heartfelt thanks for the recognition.

“Although fewer and fewer choose to ply their trade in this sector of the media industry, the vast majority that do, do so because we still believe that a newspaper can play a positive role in the community,” he said.

Mr Johnston-Barnes, meanwhile, appealed to judges as a thespian — a second career that will have him performing as Tranio this month in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

“It was a huge surprise — particularly for winning in a year I had the chance to act in my own show,” he said.

He added: “It can be very hard balancing work and theatre, and I'm very grateful that my colleagues have been willing to help me out by swapping shifts and generally being supportive of my post-work shenanigans.”

Dab hand: journalist Owain Johnston-Barnes has another string to his bow in the world of theatre (File photograph)

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Published June 10, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 11, 2016 at 1:33 am)

Gazette pair nab Best of Bermuda awards

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