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Manchester Evening News triumphs at Regional Press Awards

The Manchester Evening News has triumphed at the Regional Press Awards for 2017 taking home seven awards including the Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year and the Campaign of the Year.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 21 May 2018 08:46

Manchester Evening News triumphs at Regional Press Awards

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The paper, which was widely praised by the judges for its coverage of the Manchester Arena attack under former editor Rob Irvine, took home both the Daily Newspaper of the Year (above 20,000 circulation) and the Campaign of the Year, in large part, for its work reporting on the atrocity and its aftermath.

The judges said: “The Manchester Evening News had an exceptional year during 2017 and has been widely recognised for its work. Under former editor Rob Irvine, the paper produced outstanding coverage of the Manchester arena atrocity that was dignified, sympathetic and insightful. It reflected the grief and courage of a community in mourning. It continues to produce exceptional news, sport and business coverage both in print and online and its social media offerings and followers continue to reflect its strong community spirit.”

In awarding the Campaign of the Year Award for its #WeStandTogether drive, the judges said that the MEN had put together an excellent campaign that turned tragedy into triumph.

They added: “It brought the entire community together and celebrated the things that make Manchester great despite the temptation to take an opposite view.”

The paper also took home Website of the Year, Social Media Team of the Year and Front Page of the Year. Reporters Jennifer Williams and Chris Osuh also took home the awards for Specialist Writer/Impact Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer/Long Form Journalist of the Year respectively.

The awards, organised by the Society of Editors and presented at the IET, Savoy Place in London on Friday also saw the Newsquest-owned Mail (formerly the North West Evening Mail) awarded the Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (below 20,000 circulation) and the Bucks Free Press awarded the Weekly Newspaper of the Year (below 15,000 circulation). The Camden New Journal was awarded the Weekly Newspaper (above 15,000 circulation) Award.

The lunchtime event, hosted by LBC Radio presenter Nick Ferrari, also saw awards presented to a number of other titles.

The Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year was awarded to the Birmingham Mail’s Jeanette Oldham for her reporting on emerging gangs in the city and the theft of secret police documents from the car of the West Midlands counter-terrorism chief. The Weekly Reporter of the Year was awarded to the Camden New Journal’s William McLennan for his reports on the human cost of welfare reform and the attempted deportation of individuals that have lived for decades in the UK.

Archant was also a big winner with the Eastern Daily Press taking home The Overall Digital Award and the Digital Initiative of the Year Award for its innovative Archant Databank. Johnston Press titles The Yorkshire Post and The Sheffield Star saw reporters James Hardisty awarded the Daily Photographer of the Year and Sam Jackson awarded the Reporting Communities Award for her education coverage.

Other Reach PLC, formerly Trinity Mirror-owned, winners included the Liverpool Echo and the Western Mail.

The Liverpool Echo took home the Scoop of the Year Award for reporter Joe Thomas’ investigation into the predatory exploitation of vulnerable young girls by two paedophile brothers. The paper also saw reporter Josh Parry awarded the Young Journalist of the Year Award for his undercover reporting on ‘gay conversion’ therapies while the Business and Finance Journalist was awarded to Alistair Houghton for his reports on the regeneration of the city.

The Western Mail was awarded the Supplement of the Year Award for its Weekend edition and Carolyn Hitt was named the Columnist of the Year. Trinity Mirror’s data unit was awarded the Innovation and Initiative of the Year Award.

The Society of Editors, supported by Camelot since 2001, organises the awards on behalf of the industry.

Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2017 winners:

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Winner: Josh Parry, Liverpool Echo

Highly commended: Samantha Booth, Croydon Advertiser

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Winner: Alistair Houghton, Liverpool Echo

Highly commended: Kevin Scott, The Herald, Glasgow

SPECIALIST WRITER/ IMPACT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Jennifer Williams, Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: Paul Brackley, Cambridge Independent

FEATURE WRITER /LONG FORM JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Chris Osuh, Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: Peter Barron, The Northern Echo and Jennifer Williams, Manchester Evening News

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

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Winner: Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail

Highly commended: Bill Heine, Oxford Mail and Paul Kirkley, Cambridge Independent

WEEKLY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Jon Colman, The Cumberland News

Highly commended: Chris Harby, Melton Times

DAILY/SUNDAY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Cahair O’Kane, The Irish News

Highly commended: Neil Allen, The News, Portsmouth

SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Brendan Hughes, The Irish News

Highly commended: David Pritchard, Oxford Mail

REPORTING COMMUNITIES AWARD

Winner: Sam Jackson, The Star, Sheffield

Highly commended: Mark Taylor, Cambridge Independent

WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

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Winner: William McLennan, Camden New Journal

Highly commended: Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser

DAILY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

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Winner: Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail

Highly commended: Gordon Blackstock, Sunday Post and Marion Scott, Sunday Post

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Mark Williamson, Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Highly commended: Michael Gillen, The Falkirk Herald

DAILY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: James Hardisty, The Yorkshire Post

Highly commended: Tim Thursfield, Express & Star, Wolverhampton

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Tracey Renowden, Western Morning News

Highly commended: Gary Beckwith, The Chronicle, Newcastle and David Lewins, Bristol Post

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Weekend, Western Mail

Highly commended: The Spirit of Manchester, Manchester Evening News

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Massacre, Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: Devastation, The Mail

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Winner: Jailed for 40 years, Liverpool Echo

Highly commended: 33 police officers say they were abused by disgraced force doctor, Eastern Daily Press and Uni boss to be paid £230k for 6 months’ research, Bath Chronicle

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Asda

Winner: #WeStandTogether, Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: Cleaner Coastlines, Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury

MAKING A DIFFERENCE AWARD

Organised by News Media Association

Winner: Sling the Mesh - Cambs Times

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by JTI

Winner: Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: The Yorkshire Post

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM OF THE YEAR

Winner: Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: WalesOnline

DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Google

Winner: Archant Databank, Eastern Daily Press

Highly commended: Brummie Mummies, Birmingham Mail

THE OVERALL DIGITAL AWARD

Sponsored by JTI

Winner: Eastern Daily Press

Highly commended: Manchester Evening News

INNOVATION AND INITIATIVE AWARD OF THE YEAR

Winner: Trinity Mirror Data Unit

Highly commended: The Bristol Cable

JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD

Sponsored by Cision

Winner: Peter Sands

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 15,000)

Winner: Bucks Free Press

Highly commended: Cambridge Independent

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 15,000)

Winner: Camden New Journal

Highly commended: The Cumberland News

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 20,000)

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Winner: The Mail

Highly commended: South Wales Echo

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 20,000)

Sponsored by United Utilities

Winner: Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: Sunday Post

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