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Regional Press Awards 2020 – winners announced

The results are in for the Regional Press Awards 2020, organised by the Society of Editors. From a field of almost 700 entries, the winners and highly commended were announced yesterday in an online event.

Regional Press Awards 2020 – winners announced

The Regional Press Awards recognise excellence throughout the regional and local press during the unprecedented times posed by COVID-19.

The awards are supported by Facebook Journalism Project, Camelot, Google News Initiative, Amazon, HoldTheFrontPage, the Journalists’ Charity and the News Media Association.

Sarah Brown, Facebook’s Head of Northern Europe News Partnerships, said: “It has been a remarkable 18 months by any standards and the courage, bravery and incredible work all the journalists and teams nominated have done has been truly inspiring. Please keep up your extraordinary work reporting on communities across the country, helping them keep informed in times of crisis. It is remarkable work and I'm glad it is being rewarded.”

Dawn Alford, Executive Director of the Society of Editors commented: “The work done by the journalists, photographers, designers and editors showcased in these awards is inspiring. In such a difficult period of time, their work has been essential in keeping the public informed, campaigning on issues, making us laugh and making us cry.”

Regional Press Awards for 2020

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Andra Maciuca, Saffron Walden Reporter and Dunmow Broadcast

Conor Matchett, The Scotsman/Edinburgh Evening News

Highly commended: Jack Aitchison, Glasgow Times

BUSINESS & FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Martin Williams, The Herald and Herald on Sunday

Highly commended: Coreena Ford, The Journal

Highly commended: Hannah Baker, Bristol Post/BusinessLive South West

SPECIALIST WRITER/IMPACT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo

Highly commended: Dale Haslam, DC Thomson Media

FEATURE WRITER/LONG FORM JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Teddy Jamieson, The Herald (Scotland)

Highly commended: David Owens, Western Mail

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Paul Kirkley, Cambridge Independent

Highly commended: Neil Mackay, The Herald and Herald on Sunday (Scotland)

SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Samantha Yarwood, Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: John Wilson, Hereford Times

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY PAPERS

Jon Colman, The Cumberland News

Highly commended: Mark Taylor, Cambridge Independent

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – DAILY/SUNDAY PAPERS

Matt Maher, Express & Star

Highly commended: Paul Ferguson, Sunday Life

REPORTING COMMUNITIES AWARD

Abbie Wightwick, WalesOnline

Thomas Kingsley, MyLondon

Highly commended: Conor Gogarty, Bristol Live

Highly commended: Catriona Stewart, Glasgow Times and The Herald

DATA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Will Hayward, WalesOnline/Western Mail

Highly commended: Lesley-Anne Kelly, DC Thomson Media

DIGITAL LIVE NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Neil Docking, Liverpool Echo

Highly commended: Jonathan Macpherson, Lancs Live

WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Charles Thomson, Archant Investigations Unit

Highly commended: Bronwen Weatherby, Camden New Journal

DAILY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Emily Townsend, East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star

Highly commended: Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life

THE CATHRYN NICOLL AWARD

In association with the NMA

Sian Bayley, MyLondon

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

John McVitty, Impartial Reporter

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

DAILY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Scott, Belfast Telegraph

Highly commended: Colm O’Reilly, Sunday Life

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: NEWSPAPERS

Georgia Robinson, Eastern Daily Press

Highly commended: Gary Beckwith, Newcastle Chronicle

Highly commended: Nancy Fallows, Eastern Daily Press

Highly commended: Ian Bond, Hull Daily Mail

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: MAGAZINES/SUPPLEMENTS

Georgia Robinson, Eastern Daily Press

Highly commended: Nancy Fallows, Eastern Daily Press

SUPPLEMENT/SECTION OF THE YEAR

The Business, Eastern Daily Press

Highly commended: Weekend, Belfast Telegraph

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Glastonbury 50, County Gazette

Highly commended: Cumberland & Westmorland Herald: 160 years

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Cumbria Life

Highly commended: The Herald Magazine,Scotland

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY PAPERS

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We didn’t get to say goodbye, Impartial Reporter

Highly commended: ‘Be safe, be careful and don't do anything I wouldn't do’, WokinghamToday

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR – DAILY/SUNDAY PAPERS

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Middlesbrough needs... Intensive Care, The Gazette

Highly commended: Our Life in Lockdown, Hull Daily Mail

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Coronavirus in Welsh care homes – the disaster that didn't have to happen, WalesOnline

Highly commended: Safe House sting sinks new IRA, Sunday Life

Highly commended: The arrest of Joe Anderson, Liverpool Echo

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Death in care: Families fighting for justice for their failed loved ones, Essex Live

Highly commended: BrumWish, Birmingham Mail/Birmingham Live

Highly commended: Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Fund, Cambridge News

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

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Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: Plymouth Live

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM OF THE YEAR

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Yorkshire Live

Highly commended: Glasgow Times Digital Team

DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

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The Mill newsletter, Manchester

Highly commended: Robot reporter updates local audiences on coronavirus infection rates, Manchester Evening News

THE OVERALL DIGITAL AWARD

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Manchester Evening News

Highly commended: Wales Online

SPECIAL 2020 AWARD

Aberdeen Journals Home Delivery Team, The Press & Journal

Highly commended: Newsquest Regional ACE network (Team RACE)

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

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The Hexham Courant

Highly commended: Cumberland & Westmorland Herald

Highly commended: The Ulster Herald

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

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Warrington Guardian

Highly commended: Kent Messenger

Highly commended: Kentish Gazette

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

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Jersey Evening Post

Highly commended: The Argus (Brighton)

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

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Liverpool Echo

Highly commended: The Courier(Scotland)

Highly commended: Belfast Telegraph

SUNDAY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

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The Herald on Sunday (Scotland)

Highly commended: Sunday Life (Northern Ireland)

FREE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

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Jewish News

Camden New Journal

Highly commended: Islington Tribune

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