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South Coast titles lead way as prizes are handed out at Lord’s

Two heavyweight regional dailies dominated the prize-giving at the 2011 EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards on Thursday.

The Southern Daily Echo and Portsmouth’s The News won seven awards between them as the prizes were handed out at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The coveted Daily Newspaper of the Year title went to the Newsquest-owned Echo, which also won the Community Campaign of the Year award for its ‘Have a Heart’ campaign.

And Echo reporter Jenny Makin won the Daily Print Journalist of the Year award won last year by her newsroom colleague Tara Russell.

However The News, owned by Johnston Press, topped the Echo’s haul with four individual awards.

Emma Judd was named Business Journalist of the Year, Graeme Windell Designer of the Year, Jordan Cross Sports Journalist of the Year, and Sarah Foster Feature Writer of the Year.

Also figuring strongly was the Kent and Sussex Courier with two awards – Columnist of the Year for Louise Ford, and Weekly Paid-for Newspaper of the Year.

And the Croydon Advertiser scooped two of the top individual prizes with Newcomer of the Year for Nikki Jarvis and Weekly Print Journalist of the Year for Gareth Davies.

The awards, now in their sixth year in the London and South of England region, are held in association with HoldtheFrontPage.

The full list of winners was as follows:

Newcomer of the Year: Nikki Jarvis, Croydon Advertiser

Environmental Journalist of the Year: Charlotte Wilkins, ITV Meridian

Business Journalist of the Year: Emma Judd, The News, Portsmouth

News Photographer of the Year: Terry Applin, The Argus

Sports Journalist of the Year: Jordan Cross, The News, Portsmouth

Feature Writer of the Year: Sarah Foster, The News, Portsmouth

Columnist of the Year: Louise Ford, Kent and Sussex Courier

Designer of the Year: Graeme Windell, The News, Portsmouth

Radio Journalist of the Year: Julia George, BBC Radio Kent

Television Journalist of the Year: Andrew Pate, ITV Meridian

Weekly Print Journalist of the Year: Gareth Davies, Croydon Advertiser

Daily Print Journalist of the Year: Jenny Makin, Southern Daily Echo

Website of the Year:

Community Campaign of the Year: Southern Daily Echo – Have a Heart

Front Page of the Year: Faversham News – Murdered teenager discovered by side of road

Radio news or current affairs programme of the year: Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Kent

Television news or current affairs programme of the year: ITV Meridian – Turner Contemporary Opens.

Free Weekly Newspaper of the Year: The Wokingham Times

Paid for Weekly Newspaper of the Year: Kent and Sussex Courier

Daily Newspaper of the Year:Southern Daily Echo

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