Two coronavirus-related splashes have been named the best daily and weekly front pages of 2020 at the Regional Press Awards.
The Gazette won the Front Page of the Year – Daily/Sunday Paper title for its front page ‘Middlesbrough needs… Intensive Care’.
The newspaper had urged ministers in May to make helping Middlesbrough – where the Covid-19 death rate was twice the national average – a “priority for government”.
Weekly Newspaper Front Page of the Year was won by the Enniskillen-based Reporter.
The honour was given for its splash ‘We didn’t get to say goodbye’, published in April 2020.
The front page featured a harrowing image of people in biohazard suits lowering a coffin into the ground.
It was accompanied by a series of special reports with the loved ones of those lost to the pandemic at the time.
Both the front page categories were sponsored by HoldtheFrontPage.