2006 Regional Press Awards winners

The Belfast Telegraph has won regional newspaper of the year at the 2006 Regional Press Awards.

The winners were announced this afternoon at the Royal Lancaster hotel
in London. The event, attended by editors and journalists from over 80
UK regional newspapers, has been honoring the very best in regional
newspaper journalism for more 19 years and was hosted this year by ITV
News Presenter, Andrea Catherwood.

Three
new categories have been introduced; Designer of the Year, Best Use of
Citizen Journalism and Publishing Innovation of the Year.

The
judging panel was chaired by Peter Sands, director of Press Association
Training, and made up of 51 highly regarded figures from the industry.

Ian
Reeves, editor of Press Gazette, said: ‘The Regional Press Awards
celebrate and honour the nation’s greatest journalistic talents and
each of the winners can be proud of the recognition that he or she has
received. Press Gazette is delighted to continue its long association
with the most prestigious event in the regional industry calendar.”

Scoop of the Year
RUTH LUMLEY The Argus, Brighton
Business & Finance Journalist of the Year – Sponsored by Barclays
REBEKAH ASHBY The Journal, Newcastle
Columnist of the Year
NICOLA BARRY The Press & Journal, Aberdeen
Supplement of the Year
THE GUIDE Hull Daily Mail
Photographer of the Year – Sponsored by Nikon
SARAH NICHOLSON The Northern Echo
Designer of the Year
GRAEME WINDELL The News, Portsmouth
Specialist Reporter of the Year
ANGUS YOUNG Hull Daily Mail
Young Journalist of the Year – Sponsored by Camelot Group plc
GUY BASNETT The Journal, Newcastle
Best Use of Citizen Journalism
NEWS & STAR, CARLISLE
Campaign of the Year
‘Let Albert Stay’ GRAVESEND MESSENGER
Sports Photographer of the Year
STEVE ELLIS The Star, Sheffield
Sports Journalist of the Year
JON COLMAN News & Star, Carlisle
Website of the Year
www.edp24.co.uk Eastern Daily Press
Team of the Year – Sponsored by Direct Line
‘The Derby Suicide Bomber’ DERBY EVENING TELEGRAPH
*Publishing Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by The Press Association
HULL DAILY MAIL for video journalism and
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS for part-paid part free strategy

*The Chairman, Peter Sands said ‘Two genuine pioneers. It would have
been churlish and mean-spirited to make one of them second place so, in
an unprecedented step, we have two innovators of the year.”

Feature Writer of the Year
JEREMY CLAY Leicester Mercury
Reporter of the Year – Sponsored by Farrer & Co
JON KIRK South West News Service
Front Page of the Year – Sponsored by Newspaper Society
‘Goodbye’ BELFAST TELEGRAPH
Weekly (paid for) Newspaper of the Year
CROYDON ADVERTISER
Free Newspaper of the Year
KENT ON SUNDAY
Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year
BELFAST TELEGRAPH
Regional Newspaper of the Year
BELFAST TELEGRAPH
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