It was triumphant night for the Belfast Telegraph at this year’s Northern Ireland Media Awards as was named Newspaper of the Year the fourth time in five years.
The paper’s editor Mike Gilson, left, was also named Journalist of the Year as the prizes were handed out at the Mac Theatre in Belfast on Friday.
The judges said: “The Belfast Telegraph stands out in front of all the other papers every day. It displays amazing front page leads and features — it wins hands down.”
Mike, now in his sixth year as editor, described it as a “fantastic night for the paper.”
He said: “I am very proud of the entire team at the newspaper. They’re an extremely dedicated and talented bunch of people.
“Whether it be in the newspaper, online or on app we will continue to endeavour to deliver the best news service in Northern Ireland.”
Other Bel Tel journalists among the prizes included political editor Liam Clarke who won the Newspaper Journalist of the Year award while reporter Joanne Sweeney won Scoop of the Year for “a sensational international” story about Dungannon
drugs mule Michaella McCollum Connolly.
Business editor Margaret Canning won the Business Journalist of the Year award and Environment Correspondent Linda Stewart won Features Journalist of the Year.
Awarding the Journalist of the Year prize to Mike, the judges said: “This award was for the Belfast Telegraph’s bravery and its overall editorial performance across all parts of the paper and all its news platforms.
“Mike Gilson has clearly created and leads a formidable team of journalists who are either winners or were extremely hard to
beat in most categories of the awards”