Winner Citations


JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD – sponsored by Gorkana

Roy Greenslade described him as the grand old man of local newspapers.

Prince Charles says he is a legend.

According to the Independent, he is “a ray of sunshine – a man making money out of local papers.”

He started his first paper on a troop ship to the Far East and then spent his £300 demob money buying the Tooting and Balham Gazette. Now his empire includes more than 200 titles with a combined circulation of more than 1.4 million.

He is, of course, Sir Ray Tindle, founder and chairman of Britain’s biggest independently owned local newspaper group. The keyword there is local and it is Sir Ray’s passion for local news that earns him the Journalists’ Charity special award. Often standing against the tide, Sir Ray, a strong believer in the future of print, has opened new papers where others have closed them and rescued titles that were destined for extinction.

He has supported the Journalists’ Charity for many years and he has achieved the ultimate accolade: the bar at the charity’s nursing home in Dorking is named after him in recognition of his generous contribution to the cost of building the home.

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR - sponsored by HoldTheFrontPage

The winner’s entries displayed a good breadth of subject matter and a lot of legwork. For extremely impressive and wide-ranging reporting, the winner of Young Journalist of the Year for 2016 is Hannah Somerville of the Oxford Mail.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Foot Anstey

The winner submitted first class stories that were well-researched and told with flair. The judges said that he was the stand-out winner.

The Business and Finance Journalist for 2016 is Robin Johnson of the Derby Telegraph.

ENVIRONMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – sponsored by United Utilities

The judges said that the winner produced a superbly readable portfolio that focused on environmental challenges. The judges said that he has the ability to convey complex scientific research in digestible features.
The winner of Environment Journalist of the Year is Alex Kirby of the Cambridge Independent.

SPECIALIST WRITER OF THE YEAR

The judges said that the winner of Specialist of the Year has impressive skills. Her submission included powerful stories ranging from a moving account of babies dying in hospital to a brave investigation focusing on asylum seekers in Manchester. A specialist at the top of her game, Specialist Journalist of the Year for 2016 goes to Jennifer Williams of the Manchester Evening News.

SCIENCE AND EDUCATION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – sponsored by IP Group

The judges said that the winner showed dogged determination in his use of Freedom of Information and refused to let go of a good story. He was described as “a tenacious specialist who uncovered material that was undoubtedly in the public interest.” The winner of Science and Education Journalist of the Year for 2016 is Martin George of the Eastern Daily Press.

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

The winner, however, was described as a consummate professional who “engages the reader as she brings her subjects vividly to life”. The winner of Feature Writer for the Year for 2016 is Sarah Freeman of The Yorkshire Post.

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Asda

The winner submitted work on bold subjects. Her work was described as emotionally and intellectually exceptional/ She is a powerful voice that is determined to be heard. Columnist of the Year for 2016 is Allison Morris of The Irish News.

WEEKLY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

The winner is a stylish all-rounder with great scoops. His reports on Carlisle FC continue to be of the highest standard.

The winner of Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year is Jon Colman of The Cumberland News.

DAILY/SUNDAY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

The winner was described as having produced tremendous writing on a great variety of subjects. His feature on former Gaelic footballer Peter Withnell charted his rise from relative obscurity to helping his county win an All-Ireland title. It was a riveting read. Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year for 2016 goes to Neil Loughran of The Irish News.

WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR – sponsored by UK Power Networks

The winner’s work was described as sure-footed, in-depth investigations that yielded fascinating results. She uncovered fantastic scoops on a Hampstead fraudster, homeless hostels in Hackney and secretive offshore companies buying UK property. She knows who she is…
Weekly Reporter of the Year goes to Emma Youle of Archant Investigations Unit.

DAILY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR – sponsored by UK Power Networks

The winner’s hunt for a cracking exclusive meant learning Arabic and posing as a 17 year old schoolgirl but the result was the unmasking of the leader of an international jihadi recruitment agency. She definitely knows who she is…

The winner of Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year is Ali Gordon of Sunday Life.

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The winner submitted what the judges considered to be the strongest news picture of a mother and child. All three of her pictures showed a range of subjects and her submission also included a fun picture of pig racing that brought a laugh to the judges. The winner of Weekly Photographer of the Year for 2016 is Sonya Duncan of the Diss Mercury.

DAILY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The winner of Daily Photographer submitted a superbly varied portfolio. His image of Boris Johnson speaking at Leeds Dock for his 'Vote Leave' campaign was a fantastic image. They will appear behind me as he comes up to collect the award now. Daily Photographer for 2016 goes to Tony Johnson of The Yorkshire Post.

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

The winner’s involvement in the design of her paper from conception to execution (this includes commissioning, photoshoots and design) consistently results in fantastic pages that are clean, colourful and classy. She is no stranger to this award. Once again the winner of Designer of the Year for 2016 goes to Kathryn Clarke-Mcleod of the Western Morning News.

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

The winner was described as a supplement that combined superb special reporting on Aberfan and the steel industry with regular local features. Glossy, professional and very readable, the winner of Supplement of the Year for 2016 is Week End Magazine by the Western Mail.

THE DIGITAL AWARD – sponsored by JTI

The judges said that the winner was a textbook example of how digital journalism can cover a major event with devastating effect. It made extensive and imaginative use of the opportunities of multimedia to go beyond anything that is possible in traditional media. It was a brilliant showcase for newspapers finding new audiences by rethinking their storytelling. The winner is Aberfan by WalesOnline.

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR – sponsored by JTI

The winner used great digital storytelling online with exceptional coverage of both the Euros and the Aberfan anniversary. Both set new benchmarks for long form journalism for the regionals. The Website of the Year is Wales Online.

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

The winner of Front Page of the Year was an exclusive obtained through contacts, perseverance and persuasion. This front page reflected the only light to come out of a very dark story. The straightforward design and heading are all that was needed.

Front Page of the Year goes to Held by her hero by the Derry News.

SCOOP OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Google

The winner was described as a real exclusive. Well-researched, well-written and of massive importance. A riveting and veritable iceberg of a story, the uncovering of the abuse at Aston Hall was investigative journalism at its finest and was told by Isaac Crowson with rigour and confidence. The winner of Scoop of the Year for 2016 is Horrors of Aston Hall by Isaac Crowson of the Derby Telegraph.

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR - sponsored by Asda

The winner was a stand-out campaign in terms of impact and effect. A long-term investment in time, money and energy, saw the Birmingham pub bombing on the national agenda once again. Campaign of the Year goes to the Birmingham Mail.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD

The Making a Difference award, as voted for by the public, celebrates the power of local journalism to galvanise people to rally round a common cause.

This year’s winner certainly did that with nearly 10,000 signatures secured for the campaign’s petition.

The winner of this year’s Making a Difference is……

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WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 15,000)

The winner, however, was described as, quite simply, “a fantastic and innovative publication that is a hybrid between newspaper and magazine with proper coverage of local issues”. A local paper for the 21st century it has done well considering it has only been with us for a short space of time. Weekly Newspaper of the Year for 2016 below 15,000 circulation goes to the Cambridge Independent.

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 15,000)

The winner was described as “a terrific paper” that looks good with consistently great stories. It is well presented, easily accessible to the reader and is big, bold and substantial. Packed with cracking stories and quality writing, this is not the first time the paper has won this award. The Weekly Newspaper of the Year Above 15,000 circulation for 2016 goes to The Cumberland News.

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 20,000)

The winner, however, was a strong package of investigative journalism that the judges said was an example to the industry of how to tackle difficult issues in a campaigning style. A great campaigning year saw the paper combine hard news coverage with important investigative journalism. The investigation into child sexual abuse was exceptional. Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year under 20,000 is the Derby Telegraph.

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 20,000)

The winner was praised by the judges for consistently high standards and consistent packages of cracking stories. It continues to pack a powerful punch and delivers it in a bright and easily accessible format both in print and online. For a clear investment in quality journalism, Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year Above 20,000 goes to Sunday Life.

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