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Awards double for newspaper as editor and photographer triumph

A regional daily’s editor and photographer have won an awards double for their newspaper after being honoured by its parent company.

The Greenock Telegraph’s Brian Hossack has been named Newsquest’s Editor of the Year, while photographer George Munro was awarded the company’s Unsung Hero prize.

Newsquest’s York centre, from where daily newspaper The Press is published, was named Publishing Centre of the Year, while the Swindon Advertiser won News Brand of the Year.

Warrington Guardian chief reporter Hannah Bargery won the Digital Media award, while Colchester Gazette web editor Emma Hobley was awarded the Multi Media Journalist of the Year prize.

George Munro, left, and Brian Hossack with their awards

George Munro, left, and Brian Hossack with their awards

York staff celebrate their win as Publishing Centre of the Year in Newsquest’s awards

In a memo to staff announcing the winners, Newsquest chief executive Henry Faure Walker said both members of staff in Greenock had been rewarded for an outstanding contribution to the business during 2015.

It read: “The absolute importance of good newspaper sales figures was last year ably demonstrated by the Greenock Telegraph and its editor Brian Hossack, who illustrated that you can achieve great digital audience growth alongside strong copy sales.

“The amazing and hard hitting local journalism that our news teams produce day in day out is epitomised by photography from the likes of George Munro, who defines ‘going the extra mile’ for his title.”

Brian said: “I was surprised, but absolutely delighted to win this UK award. Newsquest has around 50 editors successfully covering the whole of Britain, so to be chosen as winner among this company is quite humbling.

“The award however is very much testament to the people who work with me at the Telegraph. The paper has a dedicated, talented and committed staff who are a pleasure to manage and work with.

“Any manager is only as good as his players, and I take real pride in the strong work ethic we have built here in Greenock. This award recognises not just my contribution, but that of everyone in that team.”

George added: “I’ve worked at the Telegraph for many years, and I’m proud to say we have a great paper that still provides a voice for the people of Inverclyde and the area.”

The full list of winners was as follows:

Digital Media

Hannah Bargery

Warrington

Digital Sales Centre

Newsquest NE

Darlington/Durham

News Brand

Swindon Advertiser

Swindon

Editor

Brian Hossack

Greenock

Multi Media Journalist

Emma Hobley

Essex

Best use of Photography

Jon Lewis

 Oxfordshire

Newspaper Sales

Eddie Denton

Oxford

Publishing Centre

Newsquest York

York

Senior Ad Sales Manager

Debra Orr

Stroud

Sales Person

Gemma Dolan

North East

Group Support Employee

Veronica Thompson

North

Innovator

Nigel Burton

Darlington

Unsung hero

George Munro

Greenock

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  • April 6, 2016 at 8:27 am
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    “The amazing and hard hitting local journalism that our news teams produce ”
    which on the website today includes a row over a road sign,a faulty manhole,a butcher in the running for a BBQ award and local barman buys rare dram

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  • April 6, 2016 at 9:19 am
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    Well done Brian and George. Thoroughly well deserved and a tribute to the fact that you never lose sight of the simple message that for papers like the Tele it is LOCAL news that counts and is not something to be sneered at. Yes I am looking at you Angus

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  • April 6, 2016 at 10:30 am
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    It’s the use of’ hard hitting’ that worries me
    If the news on the website is deemed hard hitting then their definition and mine are poles apart.

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  • April 6, 2016 at 10:45 am
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    Just had a look at the paper’s website. Seems to be quite a mix on there, and a few stories that could certainly be described as ‘hard news’, if not hard-hitting. Considering the paper only covers a relatively small local patch, and I’m sure with an even smaller staff, I think they should be commended for a good mix. They seem to be up at the top of the ABCs year in, year out, so they obviously know their audience and the readers are happy with what’s being delivered. People far too quick to snipe Angus.

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  • April 6, 2016 at 10:53 am
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    The Greenock Telegraph is a fine example of a local newspaper. Newsquest must surely have plans to change all that. Also, why no award for Perry Austin Clarke?

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  • April 6, 2016 at 11:37 am
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    Nice to get a pat on the back, even if it is with your own hand.

    Long may NQ continue to value staff photographers and good to see togs have a guaranteed future there

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  • April 6, 2016 at 11:41 am
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    Better to say ‘very hyper local ‘ than ‘ hard hitting’ as the items on line today are certainly the former and certainly NOT the latter but be interesting to see examples of their hard hitting pieces, I’ll go check the site archive out.

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  • April 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm
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    Some really negative and bitter comments. I started my career with Brian and he’s a proper journalist and has a real nose for a story. Wasn’t sure he’d cut it as an editor – I thought he’d miss reporting – but he’s done a brilliant job by all accounts, Well done and well deserved.

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  • April 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm
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    I think the size of the trophy won by the company’s top editor perfectly illustrates the importance Newsquest attaches to its editorial staff…

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  • April 9, 2016 at 12:07 am
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    So the top two awards go to York and Darlington and four for the North East in total. But the story’s about Greenock?

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