A regional daily scooped five accolades at its parent company’s annual awards.
The Mail won the Newsbrand award and three sales-related honours, while photographer Jon Lewis was given the Best Use of Photography or Video title – an accolade he also won last year.
Bournemouth Echo digital editor Samantha Shepherd won the Digital Media award for being “instrumental” in increasing her newspaper’s social media following, while David Morgan and Lauren Hirst, of the Warrington Guardian, jointly took the Journalist of the Year prize for their coverage of a car crash in Sweden which killed all four members of local band Viola Beach.
Newsquest chief executive Henry Faure Walker said: “These awards provide an opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the huge contributions that you, our staff, make to our brands and business.
“They reflect the commitment and innovation taking place across Newsquest every day as we transition the business to a sustainable multi-media future. In spite of a tough year for the print publishing industry, Newsquest continued to excel, outperforming its peers in the key metrics of circulation, online audience, advertising, digital revenues and profitability.
“Keeping the print plates spinning whilst developing our digital businesses requires skill, hard work and determination, something that our award winners have demonstrated in spades.”
The full list of winners is as follows:
Advertisement Sales Leader: Shane Harding, Oxford
Best Use of Photography or Video: John Lewis, Oxford Mail
Digital Media: Sam Shepherd, Bournemouth Echo
Digital Sales Centre: Wiltshire
Editor/Head of Content: Diarmuid Macdonagh, Dorset Echo
Group Support Employee: Hitesh Mistry, Southampton
Journalist of the Year: David Morgan & Lauren Hirst, Warrington Guardian
Newspaper Sales: Tom Mitchell, Newsquest Oxfordshire & Wiltshire
Newsbrand: Oxford Mail
Publishing Centre: York
Sales Person: Wendy Hand, York
Unsung Hero: Claire Kieran, Oxford