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Regional dailies honoured at newspaper production awards

The Leicester Mercury and the Eastern Daily Press emerged as the big winners at a set of awards dedicated to excellence in print and digital production.

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.

Leicester Mercury

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


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

Leicester Mercury

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


News Website of the Year (UK and International)

The Guardian

Digital Innovation of the Year

Trinity Mirror 3.1

Most Innovative Use of Mobile Technology

fastFT with Spritz

Best Use of User Generated Content

The Guardian

News App of the Year (UK and International)

The Guardian


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


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  • April 30, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Not much for JP to shout about after THE Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post redesigns, plus the focus on quality.

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  • April 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Very sad to see the ABC figures for a great newspaper like the Leicester Mercury. When I was circulation manager at the newspaper in the early eighties sales were 150,000 copies a day. Less than 40,000 copies a day now I am told.

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  • April 30, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Don’t know which set of figures the judges were looking at for the EDP. Last time I checked they weren’t too impressive!

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  • April 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    EDP returning excellent figures???
    Down to an all time low sale of 40,000 copies it would be interesting to plot the decline of this once decent daily over 3-5-10 years to see just how far this paper has skipped
    Maybe standards and expectations in the regional press are now so low that a 40,000 sale is deemed ‘ excellent’

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  • May 1, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Well done Boothy! Good job at Leicester!

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