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Regional Press Awards 2019 – winners announced

On Friday, the Society of Editors announced the winners of the Regional Press Awards 2019.

Regional Press Awards 2019 – winners announced
Ian Murray: “Anyone looking at the breadth and scale of the entries for this year’s awards will recognise the tremendous and vital role the sector plays in our nation.”

From a field of almost 700 entries, says the Society, the winners and highly commended were announced in a special video event which replaced the planned gala awards lunch due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The awards, supported by headline sponsor Facebook Journalism Project, recognise excellence throughout the regional and local print press.

In a video message of support, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden MP paid tribute to all who worked in the regional press. He added: “Particularly local and regional press have a unique role to play both in holding local politicians to account and in building a sense of community.”

The Secretary of State added that he found questions asked by local journalists at the regular Coronavirus government briefings among the trickiest to deal with as they came from reporters close to their communities.

Sarah Brown, Facebook’s Head of Northern Europe News Partnerships, said: “I would like to say a huge congratulations to all those chosen as winners in the Regional Press Awards, a great achievement. We are delighted to be sponsoring the awards at a time when news is more important than ever.”

Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors commented: “Even though the awards have been affected by the Coronavirus emergency and we were unable to stage the gala lunch we were determined all the fantastic work carried out by the regional and local press did not go unrecognised.

“Anyone looking at the breadth and scale of the entries for this year’s awards will recognise the tremendous and vital role the sector plays in our nation.”

If you missed the video announcements, you can catch up on the whole awards ceremony online here.

The Society of Editors organises the awards on behalf of the industry and is supported by: headline sponsor Facebook Journalism Project; Camelot since 2001; Amazon Prime Video; Google News Initiative; Cision; PA Media; HoldTheFrontPage; Luther Pendragon; and the Journalists’ Charity.

list of winners and highly commended:

JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD

Dan Carrier, Camden New Journal

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Amazon Prime Video

Joint winners: Jessie Mathewson, East London Guardian

Jack Dyson, Kentish Gazette

Highly Commended: Marcus Hughes, WalesOnline

SPECIALIST WRITER/IMPACT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo

Highly Commended: Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life

FEATURE WRITER/LONG FORM JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Amanda Powell, The Western Mail

Highly Commended: Joe Thomas, Liverpool Echo

BUSINESS & FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Greg Wright, The Yorkshire Post

Highly Commended: Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph

Highly Commended: Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – DAILY PAPER

Joint winners: Carolyn Hitt, The Western Mail

Allison Morris, The Irish News

Highly Commended: Catriona Stewart, The Herald

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY PAPER

Peter Grant, Wirral Globe

Highly Commended: Mike Kelly, Sunday Sun

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – DAILY PAPER

Neil Allen, The News, Portsmouth

Highly Commended: Paul Abbandonato, WalesOnline

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY/ SUNDAY PAPER

Paul Ferguson, Sunday Life

Highly Commended: Mark Taylor, Cambridge Independent

DATA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Joint winners: Harriet Clugston, RADAR AI

Aimee Stanton, JPI Media

Highly Commended: Annie Gouk, Reach Data Unit

SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Daniel Russell, The Nottingham Post and Nottinghamshire Live

Highly Commended: Will Hayward, WalesOnline

DIGITAL LIVE NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Kristian Johnson, LeedsLive

Highly Commended: Neil Docking, Liverpool Echo

Highly Commended: Cathy Owen, Media Wales

DIGITAL LIVE SPORTS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Gareth Hanna, Belfast Telegraph

Highly Commended: Beren Cross, LeedsLive

REPORTING COMMUNITIES AWARD

Joint winners: Rakeem Omar Hyatt, BirminghamLive

Kathryn Williams, WalesOnline

Highly Commended: Will Hayward, WalesOnline

THE CATHRYN NICOLL AWARD

In conjunction with the NMA

Joseph Locker, The Nottingham Post & Nottinghamshire Live

WEEKLY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Luther Pendragon

Rodney Edwards, The Impartial Reporter

Highly Commended: Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser

DAILY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Luther Pendragon

Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman

Highly Commended: Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo

Highly Commended: Kelly Williams, Daily Post

WEEKLY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by PA Media

Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News

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

DAILY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by PA Media

Simon Hulme, The Yorkshire Post

Highly Commended: James Hardisty, The Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – NEWSPAPER

Debbie Rodman, Bury Free Press

Highly Commended: Simon Hill, Express & Star

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – MAGAZINES/SUPPLEMENT

David Lewins, Bristol Post: Weekend Magazine

Highly Commended: Clarke Cooper, The Press and Journal

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

TdY Magazine, The Yorkshire Post

Highly Commended: Back Where We Belong, Express & Star

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

ecoJersey, Jersey Evening Post

Highly Commended: Life, Jewish News

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR – DAILY PAPER

Sponsored by HoldTheFrontPage

They tried to make the world a better place, Cambridge News

Highly Commended: La Tragedie de Notre Dame, The Scotsman

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY PAPER

Sponsored by HoldTheFrontPage

‘Choose something’, The Herald on Sunday

Highly Commended: Shameless/ Killed for the Cameras, Sunday Life

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Cision

Senior teacher bombarded pupil, 15 with flirty messages, Daily Post

Highly Commended: Evil Eyes, Sunday Life

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR – DAILY PAPER

Joint winners: Power up the North campaign, across Reach Plc, JPI Media & Newsquest titles

Birmingham Pub Bombing Inquest Campaign, Birmingham Mail

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR - WEEKLY/SUNDAY PAPER

Save Kentish Town City Farm, Camden New Journal

Paedophile Police Informant campaign, Yellow Advertiser

Highly Commended: Save Reading Gaol, Reading Chronicle

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Google News Initiative

HullLive, Hull Daily Mail

Highly Commended: Irishnews.com, The Irish News

Highly Commended: manchestereveningnews.co.uk, Manchester Evening News

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project

ChronicleLive

Highly Commended: WalesOnline

DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project

Brexit Voices from Northern Ireland, Belfast Telegraph

Highly Commended: Shaped by a River: Tales of the Tay, The Courier

THE OVERALL DIGITAL AWARD

Sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project

liverpoolecho.co.uk, Liverpool Echo

Highly Commended: KentOnline, IM News

INNOVATION & INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project

Statement, The Irish News

Highly Commended: Radar AI | Local News Wire, RADAR AI

FREE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Camelot

Islington Tribune

Highly Commended: Slough & Windsor Express

PAID FOR WEEKLY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (ABOVE 50,000 MONTHLY REACH)

Sponsored by Camelot

Bucks Free Press

Highly Commended: Newbury Weekly News

PAID FOR WEEKLY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (BELOW 50,000 MONTHLY REACH)

Sponsored by Camelot

Farnham Herald

Highly Commended: The Impartial Reporter

DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (ABOVE 400,000 MONTHLY REACH)

Sponsored by Camelot

The Yorkshire Post

Highly Commended: Express & Star

DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (BELOW 400,000 MONTHLY REACH)

Sponsored by Camelot

Western Mail

Highly Commended: Yorkshire Evening Post