Trainee reporter Nev Wilson made a small slice of history as the EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards winners were announced yesterday.
The 26-year-old Surrey Mirror reporter became the first ever to win both the Newcomer and Weekly Print Journalist of the Year prizes at the same awards.
But the glory didn’t end there for the Northcliffe title as Simon Osbourn took Sports Reporter of the Year while the Surrey Mirror was crowned Paid-for Weekly Newspaper of the Year.
Nev, who joined the paper in May last year, said: “I am really chuffed. I thought getting one is amazing so for and EDF first to get a double is unbelievable.
“I’ve got my seniors in two weeks time – ever since I joined the paper I’ve just loved it.”
Other big winners were Brighton daily The Argus which took Daily Newspaper of the Year and The News, Portsmouth, which won four prizes including Front Page for its striking design to mark Portsmouth FC’s FA Cup Final appearance (below).
Argus editor Michael Beard said: “It’s a tribute to the hard work put in by everyone at the paper, it’s been a tough year but I am glad they’ve got the recognition.
“They were up against some really tough competition.”
The awards, run in association with HoldtheFrontPage, were presented at London Zoo. EDF Energy’s sponsorship saw individual winners take home £100 cash prizes with trophies for all category champions.
The awards winners in full are:
Daily Newspaper of the Year
The Argus, Brighton
Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for)
Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free)
Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)
Matt Jackson The News, Portsmouth
Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)
Nev Wilson, Surrey Mirror
Newcomer of the Year
Nev Wilson, Surrey Mirror
Environmental Journalist of the Year
Malcolm Shaw, ITV Meridian
Business Journalist of the Year
Gareth Lewis, Southern Daily Echo, Southampton
News Photographer of the Year
Stuart Emmerson, Harrow and Wembley Observer
Sports Journalist of the Year
Simon Osborn, Surrey Mirror
Feature Writer of the Year
Simon Toft, The News, Portsmouth
Columnist of the Year
Neal Butterworth, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Designer of the Year
Alan Cooper, The News, Portsmouth
Radio Journalist of the Year
Ed Cook, BBC Radio Kent
Television Journalist of the Year
Jon Hunt, BBC South East Today
Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
John Warnett, Breakfast Show BBC Radio Kent
Television News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
ITV Thames Valley, Heathrow Terminal 5
Community Campaign of the Year
‘Parking Mad’ – Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Website of the Year
Hamstead & Highgate Express – HamHigh.co.uk
Front Page of the Year
‘Pompey Expects’ – The News, Portsmouth