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Winners announced for the Regional Press Awards for 2013
16/05/2014
By: SoE

Carlisle-based CN Group celebrated a double victory in the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2013, announced today.

The group took home two of the Newspaper of the Year Awards for Weekly Newspaper (Above 20,000) for The Cumberland News and Daily/Sunday Newspaper (Below 25.000) for the Carlisle News & Star.

Celebrating the best of local and regional newspaper journalism, the awards were handed out at a lunchtime ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel by award winning LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari. 

Winning the award for the second year running, the judges said that The Cumberland News offered a great value package with comprehensive news coverage, exceptional use of digital innovation and includes eye-catching supplements.

They added: “With a range of local exclusives and a strong link with the community, it continues to be an excellent top-quality read. “

The Express & Star Wolverhampton was crowned the Daily/Sunday Newspaper (Above 25,000) while the Brentwood Gazette took home the Weekly Newspaper (Below 20,000) following on from its success in the same category for work published in 2012.

The Local World group won six awards with its titles winning the Feature Writer of the Year for Lee Marlow of the Leicester Mercury and Weekly Reporter of the Year for the Croydon Advertiser’s Gareth Davies.

Anna Draper of the Lincolnshire Echo took home Weekly Photographer of the Year while Will Johnston of the Leicester Mercury was crowned in the corresponding daily/Sunday category.

The group’s Zena Hawley of the Derby Telegraph was awarded Scoop of the Year for her investigation into teachers at a City Muslim School being ordered to wear hijabs. The judges said that it made headlines across the world.

They added: “Resulting in Ofsted inspections, a damning report, the resignation of the founding trustees and an exclusive interview with David Cameron, the ripple effect still continues today.”

Jon Colman of the Carlisle News & Star took home the Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year Award while the Front Page of the Year went to the North West Evening’s Mail’s ‘Hear Our Voices’ entry. The image included a mosaic of a baby's face, made up of thousands of tiles, each of which was a picture of a local person who had backed a campaign to save hospital maternity services.

The judges said that it was original, thought-provoking and boasted powerful reader involvement.

They added: “Aside from being an eye-catching image, it resulted in a highly successful campaign and was an example of truly excellent local journalism.”

Newsquest group newspapers took home five awards including Young Journalist of the Year for The Argus’ Ben Leo while the Basildon Echo’s Jon Austin and Sadie Hasler won the Specialist Journalist of the Year and Columnist of the Year accolades.

The Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year accolade was awarded to Ben Wilkinson of the Oxford Mail.

Trinity Mirror titles swept the board in the digital and design categories. The Manchester Evening News won the Website of the Year Award while last year’s winner, the Liverpool Echo was awarded The Digital Award for innovation.

Gary Beckwith of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle was named Designer of the Year and the Supplement of the Year accolade was awarded to the Western Mail’s Week End magazine.

A new specialist Journalists’ Charity Award was presented to Peter Barron, long-standing editor of the Northern Echo.
Deric Henderson, recently retired Ireland Editor of the Press Association was also awarded the Chairman’s Special Award after a career with the press agency spanning 45 years.

Newspaper Society President Adrian Jeakings of Archant announced that the winner of the Making a Difference people’s choice online vote for the best local newspaper campaign of the past year. Organised as part of Local Newspaper Week by the Newspaper Society the award went to The Yorkshire Post for Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic.

Chairman of the judges, former SoE president and former editor of the Manchester Evening News, Paul Horrocks, said: “I was delighted to be asked to be chairman of the judges for a third year and as a former president I am especially pleased that the Society of Editors drives the awards – and the celebration.

“The judging has been meticulous and carried out with dedication, care and debate by a team of independent editorial experts with long standing and experience. It is a much over-used phrase - but the standard of entries was superb and the judging process careful with much debate.”

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 were made possible by the lead sponsorship of UK Power Networks. They were supported by Asda, the Gorkana Group, JTI, ABC 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.

Video from Silverstream TV, high resolution pictures and citations for the winners will be available at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk.

For further information or comment please contact bob@societyofeditors.org

Winners and Highly Commended

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Ben Leo – The Argus
Highly commended: Katy Hallam – Birmingham Mail
                                   Anthony Joseph – Aberdeen Evening Express


BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Ben Woods – Eastern Daily Press
Highly commended: Simon Bain – The Herald, Glasgow
                                   Robin Johnson – Derby Telegraph

SPECIALIST WRITER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Jon Austin – Basildon/Southend Echo
Highly commended: Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life


FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Lee Marlow – Leicester Mercury
Highly commended: Jayne Dawson – Yorkshire Evening Post


COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Sadie Hasler – The Echo, Basildon
Highly commended: Jim Crumley – The Courier, Dundee

BLOG OF THE YEAR

Winner: Peter Rhodes – Express & Star, Wolverhampton

WEEKLY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Chris Harby – Melton Times
Highly commended: David Powell – North Devon Journal


DAILY/SUNDAY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Jon Colman – Carlisle News & Star
Highly commended: Neil Cameron – Newcastle Evening Chronicle


WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Gareth Davies – Croydon Advertiser
Highly commended: Adam Binnie – Watford Observer


DAILY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Ben Wilkinson – Oxford Mail
Highly commended: Aasma Day – Lancashire Evening Post

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Anna Draper – Lincolnshire Echo
Highly commended: Stephen Garnett – Craven Herald

DAILY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Will Johnston – Leicester Mercury
Highly commended: Stuart Boulton – The Northern Echo

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Gary Beckwith – Newcastle Evening Chronicle
Highly commended: Annette Hudson – Eastern Daily Press

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Week End – Western Mail
Highly commended: Bullfinch Trial Special Edition – Oxford Mail

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

Winner: ‘Hear Our Voices’ – North West Evening Mail
Highly commended: ‘We’ll Always Remember Her’ – The Northern Echo

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Winner: ‘Teachers at City Muslim school ‘ordered to wear hijabs’ – Zena Hawley – Derby Telegraph
Highly commended: ‘The many lives of Basildon’s own Walter Mitty’ – Jon Austin – Basildon/Southend Echo

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Winner: ‘Save the Whittington Hospital’ – Camden New Journal

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Winner: www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk – Manchester Evening News
Highly commended: Kent Online – KM Group

THE DIGITAL AWARD

Winner: Liverpool Echo
Highly commended: ExpressandStar.com – Express & Star, Wolverhampton
                                    WalesOnline – Media Wales

JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD

Winner: Peter Barron, editor, The Northern Echo

CHAIRMAN’S SPECIAL AWARD

Winner: Deric Henderson, Press Association
 
WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 20,000)

Winner: Brentwood Gazette
Highly commended: Keighley News

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 20,000)

Winner: The Cumberland News
Highly commended: Cornish Guardian

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 25,000)

Winner: Carlisle News & Star
Highly commended: The Journal, Newcastle

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 25,000)

Winner: Express & Star, Wolverhampton
Highly commended: Hull Daily Mail

NS MAKING A DIFFERENCE CAMPAIGN

Winner: Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic, The Yorkshire Post


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