Both papers were praised for their vibrant news and features, community focus, excellent leisure sections, imaginative approach and quality of production.
The awards were announced at a gala dinner in Newcastle following the society’s Weekly Newspaper Conference.
They were presented by David Kerr, chairman of sponsor Clacksons, and the society’s president, James Evans.
Best News Journalists were Bryan Carter, of the Lancaster Guardian, (paid-for newspapers) and Guy Anderson, of the Skelmersdale Champion (frees).
Kellie Redmond, of the South London Press, was named Best Feature Journalist (paid-for weeklies).
Awards for the most unusual or successful revenue-generating idea went to the Southport Visiter, for its Motor Search Directory, and to the Milton Keynes Citizen for Chill Out.
There were 13 categories in the paid-for section and 15 categories in the free newspaper section. For the full list, click here.
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