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Journal is Newspaper of the Year

Journalists from the Daily Post, Wakefield Express and The Journal were lapping up the plaudits as the Northern Business Journalist of the Year awards were announced.

Newspaper of the Year was the Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based Journal. The other shortlisted entries were the Lincolnshire Echo and Yorkshire Post.

Nick Garbutt, Yorkshire Bank’s head of corporate affairs and a member of the judging panel, said: “The Journal was a clear winner and was praised by the judges for producing a daily business supplement which they saw as consistently lively and well-presented.

“They liked the range of business stories which it contained and the way it covered them in enough depth to leave the reader informed and satisfied.”

The 2001 Yorkshire Bank Northern Business Journalist of the Year Award winners were announced at a presentation dinner in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Barry Turnbull, of the Liverpool Daily Post, was named Daily Newspaper Journalist of the Year. Peter Jeffrey, of the Evening Chronicle, and Sheryl Moore, of the Yorkshire Post, were shortlisted.

Announcing Barry Turnbull’s award, Nick Garbutt said: “His pieces were meticulously researched, crisply delivered, and placed the issues he addressed in a wider context.

“This was investigative reporting of the highest standard and our panel felt that his newspaper was to be congratulated for having the courage to publish it.”

Weekly Newspaper Journalist of the Year was Martin Spooner, of the Wakefield Express, with David Sudworth, of the Southport Visiter and Jane Willis, of the Preston Citizen, also on the shortlist.

Nick Garbutt said: “The judges felt Martin provided particularly well-researched pieces, which included good quotes from many different parties and showed an ability to handle bad news sensitively.”

Magazine Journalist of the Year was Aimée Turner, of Yorkshire Business Insider, the Broadcast Journalist of the Year title was won by Andy Gill, of Granada TV, and Magazine of the Year was the North West Business Insider.

All the winners were presented with engraved trophies and framed certificates and the winners of the categories for individuals also received cheques for £800, double the amount winners received last year.

The 2001 scheme was expanded from the three categories of previous years. New records were set this year for the numbers of entries received and business journalists attending the presentation dinner at Newcastle’s Royal Station Hotel.

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