The winners for the Regional Press Awards 2019 organised by the Society of Editors, were announced via a video celebration on Friday.

“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.” – Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors

From a field of almost 700 entries, 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 recognise excellence throughout the regional and local print press. The Birmingham Mail was chosen as joint winner for daily newspaper Campaign of the Year category for its focus on the Birmingham Pub Bombings. The judges also awarded top marks to the Power up the North campaign carried jointly by titles from publishers Newsquest, Reach and JPIMedia.

2019 Gongs

Journalists’ Charity Award
Winner: Dan Carrier, Camden New Journal

Young Journalist of the Year – sponsored by Amazon Prime Video
Winner: Jessie Mathewson, East London Guardian
Winner: Jack Dyson, Kentish Gazette
Highly Commended: Marcus Hughes, WalesOnline

Specialist Writer/Impact Journalist of the Year
Winner: Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life

Feature Writer/Long Form Journalist of the Year
Winner: Amanda Powell, The Western Mail
Highly Commended: Joe Thomas, Liverpool Echo

Business & Finance Journalist of the Year
Winner: Greg Wright, The Yorkshire Post
Highly Commended: Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph
Highly Commended: Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph

Columnist of the Year – Daily Paper
Winner: Carolyn Hitt, The Western Mail
Winner: Allison Morris, The Irish News
Highly Commended: Catriona Stewart, The Herald

Columnist of the Year – Weekly Paper
Winner: Peter Grant, Wirral Globe
Highly Commended: Mike Kelly, Sunday Sun

Sports Journalist of the Year – Daily Paper
Winner: Neil Allen, The News, Portsmouth
Highly Commended: Paul Abbandonato, WalesOnline

Sports Journalist of the Year – Weekly/ Sunday Paper
Winner: Paul Ferguson, Sunday Life
Highly Commended: Mark Taylor, Cambridge Independent

Data Journalist of the Year
Winner: Harriet Clugston, RADAR AI
Winner: Aimee Stanton, JPI Media

Highly Commended: Annie Gouk, Reach Data Unit
Social Media Journalist of the Year
Winner: Daniel Russell, The Nottingham Post and Nottinghamshire Live
Highly Commended: Will Hayward, WalesOnline

Digital Live News Reporter of the Year
Winner: Kristian Johnson, LeedsLive
Highly Commended: Neil Docking, Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: Cathy Owen, Media Wales

Digital Live Sports Reporter of the Year
Winner: Gareth Hanna, Belfast Telegraph
Highly Commended: Beren Cross, LeedsLive

Reporting Communities Award
Winner: Rakeem Omar Hyatt, BirminghamLive
Winner: Kathryn Williams, WalesOnline
Highly Commended: Will Hayward, WalesOnline

The Cathryn Nicoll Award – in conjunction with the NMA
Winner: Joseph Locker, The Nottingham Post & Nottinghamshire Live

Weekly/Sunday Reporter of the Year – sponsored by Luther Pendragon
Winner: Rodney Edwards, The Impartial Reporter
Highly Commended: Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser

Daily Reporter of the Year – sponsored by Luther Pendragon
Winner: 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
Winner: Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News
Highly Commended: Mark Williamson, Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Daily Photographer of the Year – sponsored by PA Media
Winner: Simon Hulme, The Yorkshire Post
Highly Commended: James Hardisty, The Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post

Designer of the Year – Newspaper
Winner: Debbie Rodman, Bury Free Press
Highly Commended: Simon Hill, Express & Star

Designer of the Year – Magazines/Supplement
Winner: David Lewins, Bristol Post: Weekend Magazine
Highly Commended: Clarke Cooper, The Press and Journal

Supplement of the Year
Winner: TdY Magazine, The Yorkshire Post
Highly Commended: Back Where We Belong, Express & Star

Magazine of the Year
Winner: ecoJersey, Jersey Evening Post
Highly Commended: Life, Jewish News

Front Page of the Year – Daily Paper, sponsored by HoldTheFrontPage
Winner: 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
Winner: ‘Choose something’, The Herald on Sunday
Highly Commended: Shameless/ Killed for the Cameras, Sunday Life

Scoop of the Year – sponsored by Cision
Winner: Senior teacher bombarded pupil, 15 with flirty messages, Daily Post
Highly Commended: Evil Eyes, Sunday Life

Campaign of the Year – Daily Paper
Winner: Power up the North campaign, across Reach Plc, JPI Media & Newsquest titles
Winner: Birmingham Pub Bombing Inquest Campaign, Birmingham Mail

Campaign of the Year – Weekly/Sunday Paper
Winner: Save Kentish Town City Farm, Camden New Journal
Winner: Paedophile Police Informant campaign, Yellow Advertiser
Highly Commended: Save Reading Gaol, Reading Chronicle

Website of the Year – sponsored by Google News Initiative
Winner: 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
Winner: ChronicleLive
Highly Commended: WalesOnline

Digital Initiative of the Year – sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project
Winner: 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
Winner: liverpoolecho.co.uk, Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: KentOnline, IM News

Innovation & Initiative of the Year – sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project
Winner: Statement, The Irish News
Highly Commended: Radar AI | Local News Wire, RADAR AI

Free Weekly Newspaper of the Year – sponsored by Camelot
Winner: Islington Tribune
Highly Commended: Slough & Windsor Express

Paid for Weekly/Sunday Newspaper of the Year Above 50,000 Monthly Reach – sponsored by Camelot
Winner: Bucks Free Press
Highly Commended: Newbury Weekly News

Paid for Weekly/Sunday Newspaper of the Year Below 50,000 Monthly Reach – sponsored by Camelot
Winner: Farnham Herald
Highly Commended: The Impartial Reporter

Daily Newspaper of the Year Above 400,000 Monthly Reach – sponsored by Camelot
Winner: The Yorkshire Post
Highly Commended: Express & Star

Daily Newspaper of the Year Below 400,000 Monthly Reach – sponsored by Camelot
Winner: Western Mail
Highly Commended: Yorkshire Evening Post

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