Dounreay newspapers scoop NDA awards

Dounreay newspapers scoop NDA awards

Dounreay has won two awards in a competition to find the best examples of keeping people informed across Britain’s nuclear clean-up industry.

Judges singled out the site newspaper, Dounreay News, and a 32-page tabloid, Decommissioning Dounreay, produced annually by the local newspaper group.

They earned the site two of the seven awards presented by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in its inaugural awards for communication.

Dounreay was the only one of 19 sites who entered to emerge with a double success.

The site’s monthly newspaper picked up the top award for internal communications across the NDA estate.

Judges said it had broken the mould of stuffy company newsletters, with its unbranded style proving a hit with workers at the site.

A 32-page annual newspaper supplement picked up the award for “Telling our Story”.

Decommissioning Dounreay is produced annually by North of Scotland Newspapers, which works closely with the site licence company at Dounreay in its production.

It is distributed to thousands of homes across the north Highlands with the John O’Groat Journal and is a showcase for the world-leading clean-up work of local, national and international companies at Dounreay.

Both newspapers are also available on-line.

Jon Philips, director of communication at NDA, presented the awards to site communications manager Colin Punler during an NDA communications conference held near Manchester.