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Northern Ireland prize winners celebrate

Northern Ireland’s top journalists and broadcasters have been recognised at this year’s CIPR/BT Press and Broadcast Awards.

Topping the list of winners was the Irish News, which was crowned Daily Newspaper of the Year and also clinched the overall Newspaper of the Year title, while the Weekly Newspaper of the Year award went to the Impartial Reporter.

Judges said the Irish News was “a confident newspaper, which obviously understands its readers and its community”, while they praised the Impartial Reporter for demonstrating “good cross-community reporting and great care in servicing its readers”.

Marie Louise McCrory from the Irish News also picked up a prize, scooping the News Journalist of the Year title, Ruth Loney from the Lurgan Mail was named Weekly News Journalist of the Year and Gail Walker from the Belfast Telegraph won Feature Writer of the Year.

More than 400 people gathered at the Europa Hotel in Belfast to see the winners announced, and organisers said the competition had demonstrated the impressive standards being set in Northern Ireland’s changing media sector.

Other winners included Peter Morrison from the Sunday World, who was crowned Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Gavin Mairs from the Belfast Telegraph who was named Sports Journalist of the Year, Sharon O’Neill from the Irish News who picked up Specialist Journalist of the Year and Belfast Telegraph Digital which was named Website of the Year.

A full list of winners is below:

Newspaper of the Year
Daily Newspaper winner: The Irish News
Sunday Newspaper winner: The Sunday World
Overall: The Irish News

Weekly Newspaper of the Year
The Impartial Reporter

News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
UTV Insight – When Hospitals Kill

Website of the Year

News Journalist of the Year
Marie Louise McCrory – Irish News

Weekly News Journalist of the Year
Ruth Loney – Lurgan Mail

News Broadcaster of the Year
Radio News Broadcast winner: Claire Savage
TV News Broadcast winner: Ken Reid – UTV
Overall: Ken Reid – UTV

Feature Writer of the Year
Gail Walker – Belfast Telegraph

Newspaper Photographer of the Year
Peter Morrison – Sunday World/Freelance

Cameraman/Crew of the Year
Blaine Scott – UTV

Sports Journalist of the Year
Broadcast Sports Journalist winner: Nigel Ringland
Print Sports Journalist Winner: Gavin Mairs – Belfast Telegraph
Overall: Gavin Mairs – Belfast Telegraph

Business Journalist of the Year
Broadcast Business Journalist winner: Jamie Delargy – UTV
Print Business Journalist winner: David Gordon – Belfast Telegraph
Overall: Jamey Delargy – UTV

Young Journalist of the Year
Broadcast Young Journalist winner: Declan Lawn – BBC
Print Young Journalist winner: Sinead McCavana – Sunday Life
Overall: Sinead McCavana – Sunday Life

Magazine/Supplement of the Year
Magazine winner: Northern Women
Supplement winner: Metro – Irish News
Overall: Northern Women

Specialist Journalist of the Year
Broadcast Specialist Journalist winner: Mike McKimm – BBC
Print Specialist Journalist winner: Sharon O’Neill – Irish News
Overall: Sharon O’Neill – Irish News

Newspaper Production Journalist of the Year
John Harding – Mirror Group Newspapers

Current Affairs Broadcaster of the Year
Radio Current Affairs Broadcast winner: Andy Martin – BBC
TV Current Affairs Broadcast Winner: Kevin Magee – BBC
Overall: Kevin Magee – BBC

Overall Journalist of the Year
Kevin Magee – BBC

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