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Top prizes for papers serving their communities
20/05/2016
By: SoE

Family-owned papers in Cumbria and Kent triumphed in the weekly newspaper sections of the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards that celebrated the vital role of local and regional newspapers

Big winners were The Cumberland News and Kent Messenger and in the daily and Sunday newspaper sections The Press, York and The Courier, Dundee won the top prizes.

A special chairman’s award went to the Liverpool Echo for its 27-year Fight for the Truth in its Hillsborough campaigning.

In the below 20,000 circulation weekly category, the judges said The Cumberland News deserved its award as a great old school weekly with an assured sense of identity with its community. The Kent Messenger was “adventurous and fearless”. The Press, York, winner of the below 20,000 section for dailies and Sundays, provided “a perfect example of community reporting” in the wake of last year’s floods. In the above 20,000 category The Courier, Dundee won its award for “strong front page splashes and great overall coverage.”

The Liverpool Echo campaign reached a milestone last month with the second inquest verdicts. The award was presented to editor Alastair Machray and reporter Eleanor Barlow by chairman of the judges Paul Horrocks and Trevor Hicks, President of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Horrocks said the award was in recognition of a paper that never wavered and never tired. “It casts aside the idea that regional newspapers do not invest in their communities,” he said.

“Years of unswerving reporting and campaigning led by no less than four editors has championed an injustice and held the hands of the friends and families of 96 innocent people who died needlessly and shamefully.”

The Birmingham Mail’s Jeanette Oldham picked up two awards for Specialist Writer of the Year and the Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year at the event held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in London and hosted by LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari.

The judges said Oldham produced outstanding reports into areas the media are often nervous to explore.

They added: “With sensitive investigations, complemented by powerful human interest, she shone a light into the dark areas of sexual abuse, race and police corruption.”

Trinity Mirror’sNewcastle Chronicle was awarded the Scoop of the Year for reporter Sophie Doughty’s report into the assault on disabled pensioner Alan Barnes.

The judges said Doughty produced a hugely significant local story which was picked up nationally. “It was a crime story that generated a huge local response. The award was given as much for the follow up coverage of the amount of money raised as well as the original story of the attack on Alan.”

The Front Page of the Year award went to the Cornwall-based West Briton for its ‘Thanks Andy’ homage following the sudden death of PC Andy Hocking whose death triggered an unprecedented outpouring of grief from the community.

The Campaign of the Year title went to the Hereford Times for its ‘One in Eight’ appeal which came off the back of statistics that cited one in eight women in Herefordshire could expect to be affected by breast cancer at some point in their lives. The campaign raised £60,000 which funded an extra nurse for two years at a breast cancer support centre called The Haven.

Croydon Advertiser chief reporter Gareth Davies, nominated in the Weekly Reporter of the Year category for the fifth time, took home the prize for the third year in a row.

The judges said Davies submitted a powerful portfolio which combined dogged and diligent reporting, excellent interviews and smart use of police whistleblowing sources in difficult circumstances.

The judges awarded the Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist title to Carolyn Hitt of the Western Mail and Weekly Sports Journalist to Dave Evans of the Newham Recorder. The Weekly Photographer award went to Michael Gillen of The Falkirk Herald and Daily/Sunday Photographer to Kris Miller of The Courier in Dundee.

Other awards went to Sophie Prideaux of the Bristol Post, named as Young Journalist of the Year, Simon Bain of The Herald, Glasgow for Business and Finance Journalist, the Leicester Mercury’s Lee Marlow was named Feature Writer, the Brighton Argus’ Ericka Waller won Columnist of the Year and Kathryn Clarke-McLeod of the Western Morning News was awarded the Designer of the Year title.

The Sunday Post’s special supplement on Scotland’s 100 iconic moments was awarded the Supplement of the Year prize and the digital awards went to the Belfast Telegraph for Website of the Year and the Trinity Mirror Data Unit in recognition of digital innovation.

Former NLA Media Access’ Managing Director David Pugh was awarded the Journalists’ Charity award for services to the industry and the Making a Difference campaign award, part of local newspaper week, was awarded to The Courier, Dundee for Frank’s Law.

The Regional Press Awards are made possible by the lead sponsorship of UK Power Networks. They are supported by ASDA, JTI, Foot Anstey, Gorkana, United Utilities, BT and PCS. They are held in association with HoldtheFrontPage and the Press Association.

The Society of Editors, which has been supported by Camelot since 2001, organises the awards on behalf of the newspaper industry. Executive director Bob Satchwell said: “2015 was a vintage year for local and regional journalism.”

Chairman of the judges Paul Horrocks said: “Once again the regional and local industry has illustrated the vital service it provides to communities up and down the country.  

“From huge public interest campaigns to hard hitting news, commentary and entertainment, the industry continues to silence its critics and shows why it is the best in the world.”

A full list of winners and highly commended entrants, high resolution photographs, video and citations are available on the Regional Press Awards website at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk.

For further information or comment please contact Bob Satchwell on 01223 304080 or bob@societyofeditors.org.

Regional Press Awards for 2015

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – sponsored by HoldTheFrontPage

Winner: Sophie Prideaux, Bristol Post

Highly commended: Rob Golledge, Express & Star, Wolverhampton

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

Winner: Simon Bain, The Herald, Glasgow

Highly commended: Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph

SPECIALIST WRITER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail

Highly commended: Martin George, Eastern Daily Press

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Lee Marlow, Leicester Mercury

Highly commended: Zoe Chamberlain, Birmingham Mail

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Asda

Winner: Ericka Waller, The Argus, Brighton

Highly commended: Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail and Catriona Stewart, The Herald, Glasgow

WEEKLY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Dave Evans, Newham Recorder

Highly commended: Jon Colman, The Cumberland News

DAILY/SUNDAY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail

Highly commended: James Pearce, Liverpool Echo and Suzanne Geldard, Lancashire Telegraph

WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR – sponsored by UK Power Networks

Winner: Gareth Davies, Croydon Advertiser

Highly commended: Ruby Kitchen, Harrogate Advertiser and William McLennan, Camden New Journal

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

Winner: Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail

Highly commended: Sophie Doughty, The Chronicle, Newcastle

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Michael Gillen, The Falkirk Herald

Highly commended: Mark Williamson, Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

DAILY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Kris Miller, The Courier, Dundee

Highly commended: Jon Lewis, Oxford Mail and Rob Lock, Lancashire Evening Post

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Kathryn Clarke-Mcleod, Western Morning News

Highly commended: Sian David, Bath Chronicle and David Lewins, Bristol Post

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Scotland’s 100 Iconic Moments, Sunday Post

Highly commended: The Way We Were, The Sentinel

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR – sponsored by JTI

Winner: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk, Belfast Telegraph

Highly commended: www.chroniclelive.co.uk, The Chronicle, Newcastle and www.dailyecho.co.uk, Southern Daily Echo

THE DIGITAL AWARD – sponsored by JTI

Winner: Trinity Mirror Data Unit, Trinity Mirror

Highly commended: Hillsborough Inquests, Liverpool Echo and Pink Un Interactive, Eastern Daily Press

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR – sponsored by United Utilities

Winner: Thanks Andy, West Briton

Highly commended: Decency 1 Hatred 0, The Chronicle, Newcastle

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Winner: Shameful, Sophie Doughty, The Chronicle, Newcastle

Highly commended: North Sea Gets £1bn vote of confidence, Rita Brown, The Press and Journal, Aberdeen

JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD – sponsored by Gorkana

Winner: David Pugh, Former Managing Director, NLA Media Access

CHAIRMAN’S AWARD

Winner:27 year Fight for the Truth, Hillsborough, Liverpool Echo

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR  - sponsored by Asda

Winner: One in Eight, Hereford Times

Highly commended: Kids in Crisis, Hull Daily Mail and Pay up Now, Camden New Journal

MAKING A DIFFERENCE PEOPLE’S CHOICE CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Winner: Frank’s Law, The Courier, Dundee

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 20,000)

Winner: The Cumberland News

Highly commended: Essex Chronicle and The Scarborough News

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 20,000)

Winner: Kent Messenger

Highly commended: Camden New Journal and The Westmorland Gazette

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 20,000)

Winner: The Press, York

Highly commended: News & Star, Carlisle

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 20,000)

Winner: The Courier, Dundee

Highly commended: Express & Star, Wolverhampton

 

 






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