A BBC website has been named the best local or regional online platform at this year’s Online Media Awards, pipping several regional newspaper sites to the prize.
The awards were handed out last night at a black-tie ceremony in London’s Grosvenor Marriott Hotel.
Six regional newspaper websites were among the 12 nominations for Best Regional/Local News Site including those of the Belfast Telegraph, Derby Telegraph, South Wales Argus, Lancashire Telegraph, Edinburgh Evening News and Kent Messenger.
However they lost out to BBC Online’s East Midlands portal with the corresponding BBC East site winning a commendation.
Other local press nominees including Lincolnshire Echo photographer Anna Draper, who was commended in the Best Photographer category, and former Express & Echo editor Marc Astley’s digital startup The Exeter Daily, nominated in the Best Best Use of Crowd Sourcing or Citizen Journalism category.
The full results were as follows:
Grand Prix – Website of the Year: theguardian.com
Chairman’s Award: RadioTimes.com
Online Editor of the Year: Anna Doble, Channel 4 News
Digital Writer of the Year: Geoff White, Channel 4 News
Outstanding Digital Team of the Year (Sponsored by the British Journalism Review): the.guardian.com
Best Site for News-Led Journalism: BBC News Online
Best Specialist Site for Journalism: Gannett Digital, for USA TODAY
Best Local/Regional News Site: BBC Online – East Midlands
Commended: BBC News Online East, The Detail
Also nominated: belfasttelegraph.co.uk, Bristol Culture, derbytelegraph.co.uk, edinburghnews.com, ITV News Central, KentOnline, Lancashire Telegraph, southwalesargus.co.uk, The Lincolnite
Best National/World News Site: theguardian.com
Best Campaigning/Investigative Journalism: The Guardian – The NSA Files
Best Commentary/Blogging: Guardian Live Blogs
Best Video Journalism: VICE Media for VICE
Best Designed Site: Get The Gloss
Best Twitter Feed: BBC News Online for @BBCBreaking
Best Use of Social Media: Channel 4 News for Philippines family reunited – #c4newspopup – #WT4
Best Use of Crowd Sourcing or Citizen Journalism: BBC News Online for BBC News Online Winter Watch
Also nominated: The Exeter Daily for The Daily UK Ltd
Best Brand Development: The Scottish Sun
Best Commercial Innovation: Dennis Publishing for Adnostic
Commendation: Herald & Times, Glasgow for HeraldScotland 2.0
Technical Innovation: Channel 4 News/ITN for #DataBaby – Technical Innovation
Best App – for smart phone or tablet: Financial Times for FT App
Best Freelance Writer: Simon Hooper for Al Jazeera English Online
Best Photographer: David Rose for Telegraph Media Group
Commendation: Anna Draper for Lincolnshire Echo
Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site: Radio Times.com
Best Business/Finance Site: Forbes Media for The Transformation of Forbes.com
Best Health/Education News Site: TherapyToday.net
Native Advertising Solution/Campaign of the Year: The Economist