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The Journal is North East Newspaper of the Year

The Journal has been named the North East Newspaper of the Year in the annual Tom Cordner North East Press Awards.

The Newcastle paper also picked up several other awards, including the Business Prize, Health Prize and Scoop of the Year, which were presented at Newcastle Civic Centre.

The North East Journalist of the Year was Philippa White, of The Journal.

Former Northern Echo editor Harold Evans, who who went on to edit The Sunday Times and The Times, was awarded the Graeme Stanton Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.

The campaigning editor won a posthumous pardon in the 1960s for Timothy Evans, wrongly hanged for strangling his baby daughter.

He also led campaigns against inflammable nightwear, for better roads and led the fight against industrial pollution on Teesside.

He went on to become editorial director of the New York Daily News.

The North East Weekly Newspaper of the Year was the Darlington & Stockton Times, edited by Malcolm Warne, while the North East Weekly Newspaper Journalist of the Year was Nick Martin, of the Whitley Bay News Guardian.

All the winners received a trophy, citation and prize purse of £350.

The North East Journalist and Tom Cordner Quill winners won £500, while the North East Newspaper of Year took away £1,000 for charity

Highly commended candidates received a citation and engraved pewter tankard.

Click here for a full list of winners.

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