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Liverpool Echo’s campaign dominates Regional Press Awards
By: SoE


The Liverpool Echo’s decades-long Hillsborough campaign was at the heart of the paper’s triumph in the Regional Press Awards for 2012 today.

The winner won the top accolade of Regional Newspaper of the Year for daily newspapers with circulations above 25,000 and the prestigious Campaign of the Year award.

The judges said that the paper’s decades of unflinching support for the victims of a national scandal and establishment cover-up was an outright winner and one that was in the finest traditions of local-journalism.

They added: “Not only was it an extremely long campaign, it was an excellent example of a newspaper standing by its community against politicians and the police.

“Their presentation was first-class and contained an exceptional use of digital media. The quality of work achieved by this year’s winner was truly superb and the culmination of almost a quarter of a century of campaigning on behalf of its readers.”

The award follows the publication in 2012 of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s Report which concluded that no Liverpool fans were responsible for the deaths of 96 fans which died at the stadium in 1989.

The Trinity Mirror title took home four of the six awards for which it was shortlisted, including the Website of the Year for its Post and Echo Digital Team. Paddy Shennan also picked up the award for Feature Writer of the Year.

The award for Daily/Sunday Newspaper below 25,000 went to Trinity Mirror’s Wales on Sunday, the Brentwood Gazette was crowned Weekly Newspaper below 20,000 and the award for Weekly Newspapers above 20,000 went to the CN Group’s Cumberland News.

Trinity Mirror celebrated further success as Media Wales won two further honours taking home The Digital Award for its Online Datastore, and the Front Page of the Year for the Western Mail’s evocative cover marking the death of rugby legend Mervyn Davies.

Southern Daily Echo sports reporter Simon Walter was named Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year and reporter Melanie Adams took home the Scoop of the Year award.

Adams’ expose about a 13-year-old being given a contraceptive implant in school without her parents’ knowledge was described by the judges as “a terrific scoop of enormous public interest.”

The award for Daily/Sunday Newspaper below 25,000 went to the Wales on Sunday, Weekly Newspaper below 20,000 to the Brentwood Gazette and the award for Weekly Newspaper above 20,000 to the Cumberland News.

Chairman of the judges, a former SoE president and former editor of the Manchester Evening News, Paul Horrocks, said: “Once again we have seen the amazing quality of journalistic effort that is being produced during challenging times for regional and local journalists. This year’s entries should act as a reminder to those who question the value of a free, diverse and vibrant press.”

Bob Satchwell Executive director of the Society of Editors, said: "Congratulations to all of this year’s winners who have yet again demonstrated the vital public service that they continue to perform.”

The awards took place at an Oscars-style lunchtime ceremony held at the Savoy Place in London to coincide with the annual meeting of the Newspaper Society which represents the publishers of regional and local newspapers.

The awards were made possible by the lead sponsorship of UK Power Networks. They were supported by Asda and Foot Anstey solicitors and were held in association with HoldTheFrontPage and the Press Association.

The Society of Editors, which has been supported by Camelot since 2001, organises the awards in conjunction with the Newspaper Society on behalf of the industry.

A full list of winners and highly commended appears below.

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Winners and Highly Commended

Young Journalist of the Year

Winner: Richard Wheatstone, Manchester Evening News
Highly Commended: Bill Gardner, The Argus

Business and Finance Journalist of the Year

Winner: Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph
Highly Commended: Simon Bain, The Herald, Glasgow

Specialist Writer of the Year

Winner: Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life
Highly Commended:  Jon Austin, The Echo, Basildon

Feature Writer of the Year

Winner: Paddy Shennan, Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: Emma Higginbotham, Cambridge News

Columnist of the Year

Winner: Les Reid, Coventry Telegraph
Highly Commended: Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail

Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year

Winner: David Powell, North Devon Journal
Highly Commended: Amanda Little, The Cumberland News

Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

Winner: Simon Walter, Southern Daily Echo
Highly Commended: Stevie Roden, Nottingham Post

Weekly Reporter of the Year

Winner: Mark Williams, Lincolnshire Echo
Highly Commended:  David Churchill, Croydon Advertiser

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

Winner: Rob Waugh, Yorkshire Post
Highly Commended: Kevin Shoesmith, Hull Daily Mail

Weekly Photographer of the Year

Winner: Stephen Garnett, Craven Herald
Highly Commended: Anna Draper, Lincolnshire Echo

Daily/Sunday Photographer of the Year

Winner: Ian Rutherford, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday
Highly Commended: Kate Lowe, Derby Telegraph

Designer of the Year

Winner: David Hamburgh, Edinburgh Evening News
Highly Commended: Marc White, Media Wales

Supplement of the Year

Winner: More Magazine, Leicester

Highly Commended: Weekend, Bristol Evening Post

Front Page of the Year

Winner: Merv’s Boots – Western Mail 
Highly Commended: Etched On Her Flesh – Derby Telegraph
                                      We Are With You – Manchester Evening News

Scoop of the Year

Winner: Melanie Adams, Southern Daily Echo
Highly Commended:  Gina Davidson, Edinburgh Evening News

Campaign of the Year

Winner: Hillsborough, Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: Cassie’s Law, Colchester Daily Gazette

Website of the Year

Winner: Liverpool Post and Echo Digital team
Highly Commended: Wales Online, Media Wales

The Digital Award

Winner: The Wales Online Datastore, Media Wales
Highly Commended: The PinkUn, Norwich Evening News

Weekly Newspaper (Below 20,000)

Winner: Brentwood Gazette
Highly Commended: The Cornishman

Weekly Newspaper (Above 20,000)

Winner: The Cumberland News
Highly Commended: Camden New Journal
                                      Westmorland Gazette

Daily/Sunday Newspaper (Below 25,000)

Winner: Wales on Sunday
Highly Commended: Dundee Evening Telegraph

Daily/Sunday Newspaper (Above 25,000)

Winner: Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: Express and Star Wolverhampton
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