The Mercury was named regional daily newspaper of the year at last night’s newsawards 2015, while the EDP won the Fujifilm Grand Prix award – recognising titles which have succeeded across the three areas of print, digital and business.
Judges praised the Mercury for being vibrant and said it had “engaging editorial and local news that focuses very successfully on its community.”
Also competing for the best regional newspaper prize were the Cambridge News, Eastern Daily Press, Hull Daily Mail, Dundee-based The Courier, The News in Portsmouth and The Press & Journal in Aberdeen.
Judges said the EDP had “brought renewed confidence to the regional press sector”, highlighting campaigns that raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for local organisations and charities.
They said the EDP had “reinvented itself and is adding huge value to the community while returning excellent figures”.
The title fought off competition from a number of national newspapers for the gong.
The weekly newspaper of the year award was won by The Cumberland News which competed with six others for the prize.
Now in their 19th year, the revamped awards have been divided into three distinct sections – print, digital and business – and the ceremony was held in London last night, hosted by comedian Al Murray.
Trinity Mirror won the digital innovation category for its Newsroom 3.1 project, which has seen a ‘digital first’ publishing process introduced at its centres, with the print innovation prize going to the Newbury Weekly News for its augmented reality 3D project.
Regional magazine of the year was won by Johnston Press for its etc title, while the best regional supplement went to The Journal for its Culture pullout.
Gary Cullum, director of newsawards, said: “As this year’s awards testify, news publishing is tough and robust and has the resilience to ensure that it emerges strongly from recent structural and financial pain.
“We not only deliver some of the best print quality seen anywhere in the world but are among world leaders in digital development and multi-platform audience growth.”
The full list of winners is:
Fujifilm Grand Prix
Eastern Daily Press
THE PRINT AWARDS
National Newspaper Printer of the Year
Westferry Printers – Daily Star, Daily Express
Regional Newspaper Printer of the Year
Interpress NI – The Irish News, The Impartial Reporter, Down Recorder
Printed Innovation of the Year (UK and International)
Newbury Weekly News – Augmented Reality 3D
National Newspaper of the Year
Regional Daily Newspaper of the Year
International Newspaper of the Year
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Germany
Weekly Newspaper of the Year
The Cumberland News
National Supplement/Magazine of the Year
How to Spend It – Financial Times
Regional Supplement/Magazine of the Year
etc – Johnston Press
Culture – The Journal
Niche Market Newspaper of the Year
The Daily – London Fashion Week
THE DIGITAL AWARDS
News Website of the Year (UK and International)
Digital Innovation of the Year
Trinity Mirror 3.1
Most Innovative Use of Mobile Technology
fastFT with Spritz
Best Use of User Generated Content
News App of the Year (UK and International)
THE BUSINESS AWARDS
Best Use of Advertising Technology
Rubicon Project – advertising automation cloud platform for publishers
Commercial Advertising Initiative of the Year
Trinity Mirror Solutions – Department of Work & Pensions
Brand Partnership of the Year
The Guardian – Unilever Project Sunlight