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Regional publisher scoops treble at production awards

newsawrads-logo-2016Dundee 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

Financial Times


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

Retford Times

National Supplement of the Year

Telegraph Fashion

Niche Market Newspaper of the Year

Fishing News

Regional Supplement/Magazine of the Year


Dirt Bike Rider (Johnston Press)

Coldset Supplements

Weekend (Belfast Telegraph)


News Website of the Year

The Guardian

News App of the Year

The Guardian

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


Best Use of Advertising Technology


Brand Partnership of the Year

The Telegraph/PHD/Kenco

Commercial Advertising Initiative of the Year

The Times – In the Heart of the Sea cover wrap


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  • April 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Digital Innovation of the Year – The Telegraph, new formats. Really? I have just read in Private Eye that there was intense disapproval from readers at these very same things. Anyone care to enlighten me?

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  • April 29, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Ah yes, Dick. You know JP’s principles. Think digital. Sack 1,000 journalists and think digital! The websites will write themselves.

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