This year’s EDF Energy South West Media Awards, held in association with HoldtheFrontPage. were handed out in a lunchtime ceremony at the Bristol Hotel in Bristol.
There were three awards for the Bristol Post including Specialist Journalist of the Year and Digital Journalist of the Year but it was pipped to the Daily Newspaper of the Year prize by Local World sister title the WMN.
Plymouth daily The Herald took two awards with the Newcomer of the Year and Daily Journalist of the Year prizes.
Western Morning News editor Bill Martin said: “This is a fantastic recognition of all the hard work the Western Morning News does to champion the Westcountry and stand up for and stand by the issues that really matter to the people that live and work here.
“It’s also a great recognition of all the hard work of all the staff in all departments across the region.”
Coverage of the winter floods figured heavily among the winners with ITV News Westcountry picking up Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year, for its coverage of the Dawlish rail line collapse.
BBC Radio Somerset’s Ben McGrail Programme won best Radio News Programme, for its coverage of the floods which struck large parts of the county while the Helston Packet won Front Page of the Year for ‘Storm Force’, with a striking image capturing the moment giant waves engulf seafront buildings on the Cornish coast.
Now in their tenth year, the awards honour the best in local journalism in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol.
Tim McCoy, EDF Energy’s Head of Media Relations, said: “Congratulations to all the winners. They are clearly at the top of their game, producing content that resonates with their readers and viewers, and reflecting the lives and concerns of communities across the South West of England.”
The full list of winners was as follows:
Newcomer of the Year: Sian Davies, The Plymouth Herald
Digital Journalist of the Year: Emily Koch, Bristol Post
Specialist Journalist of the Year: Gavin Thompson, Bristol Post
News photographer of the Year: Paul Nicholls, Gloucestershire Media
Sports Journalist of the Year: Steve Cotton, Bristol News and Media
Feature Writer of the Year: Steven Impey, Gloucestershire Media
Columnist of the Year: Barrie Hudson, Swindon Advertiser
Designer of the Year: Jon Lewis, Express and Echo
Radio Journalist of the Year: Chris Brierley, BBC Bristol
TV Journalist of the Year: David Woodland, ITV Westcountry
Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly): Siobhan Stayt, The Bath Chronicle
Print Journalist of the Year (Daily): Claire Jones, The Plymouth Herald
Website of the Year: SoGlos.com
Community Campaign of the Year: Mid Devon Gazette, Protect Our Kids
Front Page of the Year: Helston Packet, Storm force
Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year: BBC Somerset, Ben McGrail Programme
Television News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year: ITV Westcountry, Dawlish Rail line
Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free): Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times
Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid for): Western Gazette
Daily Newspaper of the Year: The Western Morning News