East Anglia’s two morning dailies emerged as the big winners at the EDF Energy East of England Media Awards 2009.
The East Anglian Daily Times scooped three categories including the top accolade of daily newspaper of the year, while the Eastern Daily Press together with Archant Norfolk won a total of five awards.
Meanwhile in the individual categories, investigations reporter Jon Austin, from Basildon-based daily The Echo, took home the daily journalist of the year prize for the fourth consecutive year.
The prizes were handed out as the best of the East of England’s press and broadcast media gathered yesterday at the SAS Radisson Hotel, Stansted Airport, for the annual celebration, run in association with HoldtheFrontPage.
Editor Terry Hunt said afterwards: “I was really pleased that the judges have recognised us as the best overall package. I was particularly delighted they singled out the Saturday package for special mention.”
The EADT also won columnist and news photographer of the year while Archant Norfolk’s Eastern Daily Press won the sports writer, feature writer and environmental journalist of the year categories.
Staff working across several Archant Norfolk titles also took home the website and designer awards.
Jon Austin’s fourth successive victory in the daily print journalist category is a record for EDF Energy regional media awards.
He told HTFP: “You never know what other people have written, so it’s always a shock to win even if you’ve won it before.”
In the weekly newspaper categories the Essex Chronicle won best paid-for for the third consecutive year, and also emerged victorious in the front page of the year category.
Editor Alan Geere said: “It’s three in a row for the Chronicle and we’re as thrilled as ever. What really pleased me most was the front page win where we beat off the challenge of the dailies.”
Weekly print journalist of the year was Lui Straccia, from the Luton and Dunstable Express, whose scoops included the memorable tale of the Luton mum-of-fourteen who vowed to keep on having babies until the council let her keep one.
Said Lui: “I am very chuffed to have won this, it will be a landmark in my journalism career. Thanks to HTFP and EDF for putting on a fantastic awards ceremony.”
Here is the complete list of award winners and click through to see all the shortlisted nominees:
Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)
Jon Austin, Echo, Basildon
Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)
Lui Straccia, Luton and Dunstable Express
Newcomer of the Year
Sarah Calkin, Echo, Basildon
Daily Newspaper of the Year
East Anglian Daily Times
Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for)
Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free)
Front Page of the Year
Surf Tragedy Hits Family – Essex Chronicle
Website of the Year
pinkun.com, Archant Norfolk
Feature Writer of the Year
Keiron Pim, Eastern Daily Press
Designer of the Year
Daren Francis, Archant Norfolk
Columnist of the Year
Martin Newell, East Anglian Daily Times
News Photographer of the Year
Alex Fairfull, East Anglian Daily Times/Archant Suffolk
Sports Journalist of the Year
Chris Lakey, Eastern Daily Press
Business Journalist of the Year
Jenny Chapman, Cambridge News
Community Campaign of the Year
Environmental Journalist of the Year
Tara Greaves, Eastern Daily Press/Norwich Evening News
Television Journalist of the Year
Kevin Burch, BBC Look East
Television News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
Radio Journalist of the Year
Nikki Fox, BBC Radio Norfolk
Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
Ray Clark Breakfast Show, BBC Essex