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Regional publisher scoops four gongs at county’s first media awards

A regional publisher scooped four awards at a ceremony celebrating Kent’s media.

The KM Group was successful in a quartet of categories at the inaugural Kent Press & Broadcast Awards, which were held on Friday at Kent County Cricket Club’s Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, in Canterbury.

The group’s winners were its KentOnline website in the online news service of the year category, Steve Tervet, sports reporter of the year (print); Ashley Austen, newspaper designer of the year and the Vicky Castle, of the Kentish Express, for young journalist of the year.

Newspaper of the year went to Local World weekly the Dover Express, while Andy Jones, who works for both the Express and the Folkestone Herald, triumphed in the press photographer of the year category.

Kent winners

The Kent & Sussex Courier won campaign of the year for its Save Crowborough Birthing Centre drive, while Courier reporter Sean-Paul Doran was victorious in the best use of social media category.

The awards, organised by PR and marketing company Maxim, were presented by former BBC newsreader Peter Sissons, pictured above with the winners.

Speaking of his company’s triumphs, KM Group editorial director Ian Carter said: “This is a fantastic result, and one which is a credit to each and every member of the editorial team.”

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  • July 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Disappointing Simon Finlay was overlooked once again. He has been a mainstay of Kent journalism for years and was editor of the Dover Express until fairly recently when the building blocks of its success were put in place. He can be justly proud and deserves much of the credit.

    Also, Paul McMullan is Kent’s best journalist – if a little controversial. Now runs the county’s best inn the Dover Backpackers. Journalism’s loss the pub industry’s gain.

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