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Weekly newspapers of the year revealed

The wealth of talent amongst the weekly newspaper industry was recognised last night as the best of the best gathered for the Newspaper Society’s Weekly Newspaper Awards 2004.

Editors, executives, journalists and photographers from across the UK attended a glittering final at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel, near Coventry, to hear who had won each of the 33 categories rewarding the best in advertising and editorial from paid-for and free newspapers in the past year.

The overall winner of the best paid-for weekly newspaper of the year award was The Wokingham Times, which had earlier picked up the prize for the best paid-for weekly in the south east region.

In the free weekly newspaper of the year category Kent on Sunday won through, after earlier picking up the title in its region.

Other winners included Richard Birch, from the Western Gazette, who was named best news journalist on a paid-for weekly, and Charlotte Evans from the Great Barr Observer/Sutton Coldfield Observer, who picked up the same award in the free newspaper category.

A full list of editorial winners is below:

Free Weekly Newspaper Community Award
The Extra (Glasgow South East) “Be Extra Aware”campaign

Free Weekly Newspaper Campaigning Award
North Somerset Times “Nailsea in Bloom 2004″

Best News Journalist – Paid-for weekly newspapers
Richard Birch, Western Gazette

Best News Journalist – Free weekly newspapers
Charlotte Evans, Great Barr Observer / Sutton Coldfield Observer

Best Feature Journalist – Paid-for weekly newspapers
David Sanderson, The Gazette (Enfield)

Best Feature Journalist – Free weekly newspapers
John Newton, Sutton Coldfield Observer

Best Photographer – Paid-for weekly newspapers
Nick Parford, Maidenhead Advertiser

Best Photographer – Free weekly newspapers
Allan Williamson, Lichfield Mercury

Best paid-for weekly newspaper in the South East, including Greater London
The Wokingham Times

Best free weekly newspaper in the South East,including Greater London
Kent on Sunday

Best paid-for weekly newspaper in Wales and theSouth West
Cornish Guardian

Best free weekly newspaper in Wales and the South West
Taunton Times

Best paid-for weekly newspaper in the West andEast Midlands and Eastern Region
Tamworth Herald

Best free weekly newspaper in the West and EastMidlands and Eastern Region
Sutton Coldfield Observer

Best paid-for weekly newspaper in the North West, North East and Yorkshire
The Gazette & Herald, Ryedale

Best free weekly newspaper in the North West, NorthEast and Yorkshire
Isle of Man Courier

Best paid-for weekly newspaper in Scotland
The Southern Reporter

Best free weekly newspaper in Scotland
Aberdeen & District Independent

Best paid-for weekly newspaper in Northern Ireland
Ulster Herald

Best paid-for weekly newspaper of the year
The Wokingham Times

Best free weekly newspaper of the year
Kent on Sunday

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