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Hull daily retains best in region crown

The Hull Daily Mail defended its crown as Yorkshire and Humber’s best daily newspaper at last night’s O2 Media Awards for the region.

More than 300 entries were received for this year’s awards with the prizes handed out at a ceremony at The Royal Armouries in Leeds.

As well as winning the Daily Newspaper of the Year prize, the Hull Daily Mail was also voted O2 Team of the Year for its coverage of Hull’s City of Culture campaign while crime reporter Jenna Thompson was named Specialist Writer of the Year.

The paid-for Weekly Newspaper of the Year prize went to the Scarborough News, with playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn presenting the award.

Hull Daily Mail editor Neil Hodgkinson receives the daily newspaper prize from O2's Gareth Turpin

News Reporter of the Year was Rob Waugh of the Yorkshire Post with Don Mort of the Wakefield Express named as best weekly newspaper journalist.

Karl Hansell of the Whitby Gazette won the Feature Writer of the Year prize while the Young Journalist of the Year award went to the Harrogate Advertiser’s Laura Hill.

Young talent featured heavily in this year’s 20 award categories. Leeds Student Newspaper won best free weekly newspaper and broadcast student Andrew Seddon was awarded the O2 Emerging Talent Award.

And in one of the biggest shocks of the night media student James Hanson, a presenter on Leeds University radio, beat some of the best-known names in the business to win Broadcast Presenter of the Year. James, whose award was announced by ITN presenter Nina Hossain, was described by judges as the best radio talent to come out of Leeds since Chris Moyles.

Paul James, acting director of communications and reputation at O2 UK, said the judging panel were hugely impressed by the tremendous examples of community journalism across Yorkshire and the Humber.

“The O2 awards are a celebration of all that is good about regional media,” he said.

Bob Buiaroski, Capita O2 partnership director, added:  “The fantastic work of regional journalists across Yorkshire needs to be showcased,” he added.

The O2 North West awards will be launched next week. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester in November.

The full list of winners was as follows:

News Reporter of the Year: Rob Waugh – Yorkshire Post

Specialist Publication of the Year: Yorkshire Living – Newsquest

Specialist Writer of the Year: Jenna Thompson – Hull Daily Mail

Community Journalism Award: BBC Look North – Tandem Tour De Yorkshire

New Media Award: Graham Walker – Sheffield Star

Weekly News Reporter of the Year: Don Mort – Wakefield Express

Weekly Sports Reporter of the Year: Chris Sumpter – Scunthorpe Telegraph

Weekly Paid For Newspaper of the Year: Scarborough News

Young Journalist of the Year: Laura Hill – Harrogate Advertiser

Feature Writer of the Year: Karl Hansell – Whitby Gazette

Photographer of the Year: Anthony Chappel-Ross – The Press, York

Sports Journalist of the Year: Chris Dawkes – ITV Calendar

Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year: Tracy Gee, BBC Radio Leeds

Television Broadcast Journalist of the Year:  Kate Bradbrook – BBC Look North

Broadcast Presenter of the Year:  James Hanson – Leeds Student Radio

Scoop of the Year:  Hull Daily Mail – ‘We will be called Hull Tigers’

Editorial Team of the Year: Hull Daily Mail – City of Culture

Daily Newspaper of the Year: Hull Daily Mail

Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year:  Leeds Student Newspaper

Emerging Talent Award: Andrew Seddon – University of Leeds

All the winners from the 2014 Yorkshire and Humber awards


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  • June 27, 2014 at 10:09 am

    No awards for the Yorkshire Evening Post. Neil Hodgkinson used to be the editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post.

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  • June 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Seem to remember that the YEP won a few awards when he was editor.

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  • June 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Indeed Barbarossa, and Mike Pennington used to be the commercial director at Yorkshire Post Newspapers. JP let so many talented people go, such as designers etc. that were so valuable in generating good, creative ideas to generate income.

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  • June 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Could Neil Hodgkinson be sent down from Hull to chair the committee which is clearly editing the new Sunday edition of the Western Morning News? They clearly need a good editor in charge.

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