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Holdthefrontpage scoops electronic publishing accolade

Holdthefrontpage and its sister sites, which include and, have scooped a prestigious title at this year’s Newspaper Society New Media Awards.

The Special Award for Innovation in Digital Publishing was awarded to our parent company Northcliffe Electronic Publishing (Midlands) at a two-day conference in York, for a selection of 10 services – including Holdthefrontpage.

Judges chose NEP (Midlands) as the winner for its commitment to develop niche products outside the usual internet publisher content.

They said it showed evidence of reaching customers beyond the traditional newspaper audience.

  • NEP (Midlands) regional director Keith Perch
    (centre) with his management team
  • NEP’s Adoption-net was also shortlisted in the Best Niche Internet Site category, but was pipped at the post by from the Manchester Evening News, which was also named Internet Site of the Year.

    The awards, sponsored by Sun Microsystems & Productivity Computer Solutions, aim to recognise the contribution that digital publishing is now making to the regional press in the UK.

    The winners were announced at a gala dinner by Danny Meadows-Klue, chairman of the Internet Advertising Bureau, and were presented by Edwin Boorman, chairman of the Kent Messenger Group and vice-president of the Newspaper Society, and Michelle Roberts from Sun Microsystems.

  • The NEP (Midlands) entry, which had to show evidence of commercial success, included all the Midland region Beehive sites; the BMDs online initiative; the launch of thisisbollywood;the Government-funded sites srbcommunity and srbbusiness;holdthefrontpage;adoption-net and toowrite.

    For a full list of winners, click here.

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