Dundee daily The Courier scooped the Regional Newspaper of the Year prize at last night’s newsawards.
The win was part of a treble for its owner DC Thomson, which also triumphed in the Regional Newspaper of the Year and Printed Innovation of the Year categories at the awards, which celebrate excellence in print and digital production.
Elsewhere there were regional press wins for the Retford Times, which won Weekly Newspaper of he Year, and the Belfast Telegraph, which was awarded Regional Coldset Supplement of the Year for its Weekend publication.
Dirt Bike Rider, a Johnston Press product, won in the Regional Magazine of the Year category.
Gary Cullum, director of newsawards, said: “Newspapers in all their formats have an informative and engaging connection with the reader.
“It is this connection that gives national, regional and local press, in print and online, a fundamental role in delivering advertisers a highly trusted and relevant environment which drives real action.
“The past 20 years of awards have seen our print brands applauded in their many formats. Looking back, our awards reflect a busy, tumultuous, sometimes tortuous but exciting and adventurous 20 years.
“Together we have championed and celebrated the very best in newspaper and news media print, technology and business innovation.”
The Courier’s victory comes after the National Union of Journalists branch at the Leicester Mercury, which won the Regional Newspaper title last year, called for organisers not to consider their employer for the crown in protest at recent photographic cuts.
The full list of winners is:
Fujifilm Grand Prix
THE PRINT AWARDS
National Newspaper Printer of the Year
Newsprinters Broxbourne for The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph
Regional Newspaper Printer of the Year
Discovery Print for The Courier, The Press and Journal
Printed Innovation of the Year
DC Thomson – hybrid print initiative
National Newspaper of the Year
The Daily Telegraph
Regional Newspaper of the Year
The Courier – Dundee
International Newspaper of the Year
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
Sunday Newspaper of the Year
The Sunday Telegraph
Weekly Newspaper of the Year
National Supplement of the Year
Niche Market Newspaper of the Year
Regional Supplement/Magazine of the Year
Dirt Bike Rider (Johnston Press)
Weekend (Belfast Telegraph)
THE DIGITAL AWARDS
News Website of the Year
News App of the Year
Digital Innovation of the Year
The Telegraph – new formats
Best Use of User Generated Content
The Guardian – The Counted
Most Innovative Use of Mobile Technology
The Guardian – Minute app
THE BUSINESS AWARDS
Best Use of Advertising Technology
Brand Partnership of the Year
Commercial Advertising Initiative of the Year
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