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Cambridge News crowned top regional newspaper

The Cambridge News has been scooped one of the top prizes at last night’s 2009 Newspaper Awards.

The Iliffe News and Media daily was crowned regional newspaper of the year, ahead of the Birmingham Post and Belfast Telegraph, and colour supplement of the year for its Property News.

It was also commended in the most significant contribution to future success for its online video content.

The Newspaper Awards are run in association with the Production Journal and Fujifilm and celebrate the best in newspaper and news media production.

The Cumberland News was awarded weekly newspaper of the year, Torquay daily the Herald Express picked up best use of new media category for its Rock Stars website and the KM Group was named environmental newspaper company of the year.

Gary Cullum, director of the Newspaper Awards, said: “It is extremely encouraging this year to see the second highest number of entries to the Newspaper Awards in its 13-year history.

“We have seen the quality, creative flair and innovation the industry is capable of and local media is at the forefront of that development and use of new technology online.”

The full list of winners is:

Most Significant Contribution to Future Newspaper Success
Winner: Guardian & Observer – Subscriber project
Highly Commended: FT Weekend – Re-design
Commended: Cambridge News – Video content

Newspaper Printer of the Year
Winner: Newsprinters, Knowsley (TLS)
Highly Commended: Newsprinters, Knowsley (The Times)
Commended: Guardian Print Centre (The Guardian)

International Newspaper of the Year
Winner: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (Germany)
Highly Commended: Expresso (Portugal)
Commended: Publico (Portugal)

National Newspaper of the Year
Winner: The Times
Highly Commended: Irish Independent
Commended: Financial Times

Regional Newspaper of the Year
Winner: Cambridge News
Highly Commended: Birmingham Post
Commended: Belfast Telegraph

Weekend Newspaper of the Year
Winner: Sunday Times
Joint Highly Commended: News of the World, Independent on Sunday

Environmental Newspaper Company of the Year
Winner: Kent Messenger Group
Highly Commended: Trinity Mirror Printing (Midlands)
Commended: Guardian Print Centre (Manchester)

Most Outstanding Use of Colour – Niche
Winner: MCN (Peterboro’ Web)
Highly Commended: Garden News (Peterboro’ Web)
Commended: Fishing News (Mortons Print)

Most Outstanding Use of Colour – Newspaper
Winner: Sunday Times (Newsprinters)
Highly Commended: The Guardian (Guardian Print Centre, Manchester)
Commended: The Observer (Guardian Print Centre, Manchester)

Weekly Newspaper of the Year
Winner: Cumberland News
Highly Commended: MK News
Commended: Bridport News

National Colour Supplement of the Year
Winner: Sunday Times Magazine
Highly Commended: How to spend it (Financial Times)
Commended: You Magazine (Mail on Sunday)

Coldset Colour Supplement of the Year
Winner: Property News (Cambridge News)
Highly Commended: Weekend Magazine (Irish Independent)
Commended: The Irish Times Magazine

Niche Market Newspaper of the Year
Winner: Church Times
Highly Commended: MCN
Commended: The TLS

Newspaper Design of the Year
Joint Winners: Observer, Sunday Times
Commended: The JC

Best Use of New Media
Winner: Herald Express/thisissouthdevon – Rockstars
Highly Commended: Evening Times, Glasgow (community websites)
Commended: chroniclelive (Ronnie Gill cartoon avatar)

Electronic News Site of the Year
Joint Winners:,
Joint Commended:,

Supplier of the Year
Winner: J&G Environmental
Highly Commended: Agfa
Commended: Newsprinters, Knowsley


charlie roberts (23/04/2009 10:24:23)
There’s nice. Pump up a few management egos while the underpaid and over-worked juniors do the real work.

A former Iliffe worker (23/04/2009 15:50:52)
As a former employee of Iliffe someone should take a look at what they are doing to their Staffordshire newspapers. Your Leek Paper in particular, once a 5,000 circ strong paper cut, slashed and reduced and now not even an office in Leek but one in Ashbourne 30 or 40 miles away! Great way to run a local paper.

an Illiffe employee (27/04/2009 16:44:36)
why did you delete my comments on this horrendous company?

HoldtheFrontPage (27/04/2009 16:53:41)
We deleted them because our story comments policy (see homepage) does not allow the kind of intemperate language which you used in relation to two particular individuals.