The Manchester Evening News has triumphed at the Regional Press Awards for 2018 taking home seven awards including the Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year and the Campaign of the Year and Myself Kiran Rai who was the only asian journalist inside the room got the chance of a lifetime to present at the awards show and interview Nick Ferrari and other leading editors of the British press including 30 national newspapers in one gala dinner and took selfies with the winning editors and journalists! Thanks Daily Sport!!!
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 today 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.
The awards are made possible by the key sponsorship of UK Power Networks and United Utilities and continuing sponsorship from JTI, ASDA, Cision, Google and Foot Anstey. The Press Association, HoldtheFrontPage, News Media Association and the Journalists’ Charity support the awards.
A full list of winners and highly commended entrants appear below with high resolution photographs and citations available online at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk
Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2018 winners
YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – sponsored by HoldTheFrontPage
Winner: Josh Parry, Liverpool Echo
Highly commended: Samantha Booth, Croydon Advertiser
BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – sponsored by Foot Anstey
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 – sponsored by Asda
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 – sponsored by UK Power Networks
Winner: William McLennan, Camden New Journal
Highly commended: Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser
DAILY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR – sponsored by UK Power Networks
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) – sponsored by United Utilities
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