The Evening Times has been named Regional Newspaper of the Year at the Newspaper Society’s Circulation, Editorial & Promotions Awards.
The Glasgow-based Newsquest title was praised by the judges for its “brave investigations, solid tight editorial and being a strong paper from front cover to back”.
Ipswich’s Evening Star won Community Newspaper of the Year and was runner-up in the Regional Newspaper of the Year category.
Held last night at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham, the event rewarded the best circulation initiatives, editorial content and promotions ideas within the UK regional newspaper industry.
Other highlights included Ruth Lumley, of the Brighton-based Argus, winning Scoop of the Year for her involvement in the arrest and conviction of four paedophiles.
In March 2005 she spotted graffiti on a train asking young girls aged eight to 13 for sex. Ruth phoned the police and sparked an investigation which saw the men arrested and eventually jailed. Two of the men received life sentences.
David Newell, director of the Newspaper Society, said: “These awards provide a fantastic platform for showcasing the regional press industry and I would like to congratulate all short-listed publications.
“Technological advances are enabling press groups to explore new ways of communicating with their audiences across a variety of platforms and it is exciting to see many new innovations rewarded at these awards.”
Other editorial winners:
Campaigning newspaper of the year (Daily & Sunday paid-for newspapers)
The Press (York),
‘Scrap the 50% Remission Rule for Serious Sex Offenders’
The News (Portsmouth)
‘Angie MacDonald’s Fight For Life’
Campaigning newspaper of the year (Weekly paid-for newspapers)
‘Save Grantham Hospital’
Welwyn & Hatfield Times
‘Don’t Sink the QE2 & No Way to 10k’
‘Hands off our Hospital’
Herts & Essex Observer
‘Get It Locked’
‘The Ethel Hallam Campaign’
Community newspaper of the year (Weekly paid-for newspapers)
Weston & Somerset Mercury
For a full winners list and photographs click here.
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