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Winners announced for Newspaper Society's annual editorial awards

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”.

Northcliffe Media’s Lincolnshire Echo won the Design and Layout of the Year category, in which the Evening Times was also awarded a Certificate of Merit.

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.

  • Innovative Newspaper of the Year (daily and Sunday) was won jointly by Hull Daily Mail for its video journalism entry and Southern Daily Echo for Out There magazine.
  • Derby Evening Telegraph reporters David Walsh and Catherine Oakes won ‘Journalist of the year’ and ‘Young journalist of the year’ respectively.
  • Irish titles won both photographer categories: Mal McCann from The Irish News won Photographer of the Year and Colm Lenaghan of The Belfast Telegraph was named Young Photographer of the Year.
  • Archant magazine Lancashire Life won Regional Magazine of the Year.
  • The Carmarthen Journal ‘Buy Local 2006′ promotion won Best Event Organised by a Publisher (weekly) and also Promotional Campaign of the Year.

    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)

    Winner

    The Press (York),
    ‘Change It!’

    Highly Commended

    Belfast Telegraph
    ‘Scrap the 50% Remission Rule for Serious Sex Offenders’

    The News (Portsmouth)
    ‘Angie MacDonald’s Fight For Life’

    Merit

    Liverpool Echo
    ‘Biteback’

    Campaigning newspaper of the year (Weekly paid-for newspapers)

    Winner

    Grantham Journal
    ‘Save Grantham Hospital’

    Highly Commended
    Welwyn & Hatfield Times
    ‘Don’t Sink the QE2 & No Way to 10k’

    Macclesfield Express
    ‘Hands off our Hospital’

    Merit

    Herts & Essex Observer
    ‘Get It Locked’

    Buxton Advertiser
    ‘The Ethel Hallam Campaign’

    Community newspaper of the year (Weekly paid-for newspapers)

    Winner
    Weston & Somerset Mercury

    For a full winners list and photographs click here.

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