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.
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