The Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo were among the big winners as parent company Reach scooped eleven prizes at Regional Press Awards.
The Echo was named Large News Brand of the Year while the MEN’s won the coveted Scoop of the Year category for its coverage of the death of a toddler due to mould in his family’s flat – a story that went on to make national headlines.
Other Reach successes saw Will Hayward of Wales Online named Daily Reporter of the Year, while the MEN’s Beth Abbitt was named Feature Writer of the Year.
And Reach’s Newcastle daily The Chronicle walked off with the Front Page of the Year prize – sponsored by HoldtheFrontPage – for its coverage of Newcastle United’s sale to a Saudi consortium.
Reach also shared the Sports Journalist of the Year prize with fellow rellow regional publishing giant Newsquest, as the MEN’s Samuel Luckhurst and the Southern Daily Echo’s Benjy Nurick were named joint winners.
And Campaign of the Year went to the Bimingham Mail/Birmingham Live for its crusade to ‘Boot Rogue Landlords out of Birmingham.’
There were two further awards for Newsquest – Supplement of the Year for the Warrington Guardian’s retrospective on the Covid-19 pandemic, and Weekly Reporter of the Year, which went to Charles Thomson who previously won the award in 2018.
The other awards were shared between Belfast Telegraph publisher Mediahuis, which won two prizes, and National World, Iliffe Media and DC Thomson with one each.
Iliffe’s Kentish Gazette was named Small News Brand of the Year, while DC Thomson’s Press & Journal won Digital Initiative of the Year for its Highland League Weekly feature.
Photographer of the Year was James Hardisty, of National World’s Yorkshire Post, while the Bel Tel was named News Website of the Year.
The awards were handed out at a ceremony at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel attended by more than 130 shortlisted contenders and other guests.
The full list of winners and highly commendeds is below. What the judges said about each winner can be seen here while the full shortlists can be seen here.
Daily Reporter of the Year
Winner: Will Hayward, WalesOnline
Highly Commended: Dale Haslam, DC Thomson
Weekly Reporter of the Year
Winner: Charles Thomson, Newsquest
Designer of the Year
Winner: Raymond Esteban, Belfast Telegraph
Highly Commended: Ian Bond, Hull Daily Mail
Photographer of the Year
Columnist of the Year
Winner: Phil Wisdom, Devon and Cornwall Media
Feature Writer of the Year
Winner: Beth Abbitt, Manchester Evening News
Sports Journalist of the Year
Winners: Benjy Nurick, Southern Daily Echo, and Samuel Luckhurst, Manchester Evening News
Highly Commended: Katie Sands, Wales Online
Specialist Journalist of the Year
Winner: Allison Morris, Belfast Telegraph
Highly Commended: Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo, Martyn McLaughlin, Scotland on Sunday
Cathryn Nicoll Award
Winner: Oliver Pridmore, Nottinghamshire Live
Young Journalist of the Year
Winner: Ffion Lewis, Media Wales
Highly Commended: Jasmine Norden, Yorkshire Live
Supplement of the Year
Winner: Warrington Guardian
Highly Commended: Belfast Telegraph Weekend Magazine,
Campaign of the Year
Winner: Birmingham Live & Mail – Project Name: Boot Rogue Landlords out of Birmingham
Highly Commended: Cumberland & Westmorland Herald and Keswick Reminder – Help us to help Hospice at Home
Scoop of the Year
Winner: Manchester Evening News – Child’s death linked to damp council flat
Highly Commended: Basingstoke Gazette – Sacked police officer named after newspaper’s High Court challenge,
The Northern Echo – Someone else is buried in dad’s grave
Digital Initiative of the Year
Winner: The Press and Journal – Highland League Weekly
Reporting Communities Award
Winner: BirminghamLive/Birmingham Mail
Highly Commended: WalesOnline, BirminghamLive/Birmingham Mail
News Website of the Year
Winner: Belfast Telegraph
Highly Commended: Manchester Evening News, Wales Online
Front Page of the Year
Winner: The Chronicle, Newcastle
Highly Commended: The Herald, Glasgow
Small News Brand of the Year
Winner: Kentish Gazette
Highly Commended: Cambridge Independent, The Impartial Reporter
Large News Brand of the Year
Winner: Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: KentOnline, Belfast Telegraph