Liverpool Daily Post feature writer David Charters walked away with two awards at the inaugural Merseyside Media Networks Awards, sponsored by Littlewoods.
He scooped the top prize, Merseyside Journalist of the Year, as well as Feature Writer of the Year. His portfolio included a humorous piece on the culture of ‘Metrosexual’ males in touch with their feminine side, and a profile on cancer surgeon Ray Donnelly.
Charters said: “What amazes me is not the ordinary lives of extraordinary people, but the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.”
ITN’s Emma Murphy accepted an International Award on behalf of the ITN news team for coverage of the Iraq War and in memory of Terry Lloyd.
She said: “Unfortunately since we lost Terry, too many newsrooms around the world have found themselves in a similarly dreadful position – reporting on the death of one their own, while coping with terrible grief.”
Other winners were: Newcomers of the Year: Danielle Lawyer, Mercury Press; Lisa Miles, North West Business Insider; Mark Hookham, Liverpool Daily Post. Reporter of the Year: Jane Woodhead, political reporter, Liverpool Echo; Photojournalist of the Year: Martin Birchall, Liverpool Echo; Sports Journalist of the Year: Chris Beesley, sports editor Ellesmere Port Pioneer and Alan Jewell, Liverpool FC magazine.
Designer of the Year: Gary Bainbridge, Liverpool Daily Post. Littlewoods Business Journalist of the Year: Michael Taylor, editor, North West Business Insider; Scoop of the Year: Radio City news team.
Awards for Excellence (in journalism): Joe Riley, arts editor, Liverpool Echo; (in broadcasting): Andy Gill, BBC TV North West Tonight; Billy Butler, BBC Radio Merseyside.
International Awards for coverage of the Iraq War: Rageh Omaar and the BBC TV News Team; Nick Pollard, editor, Sky News.
By Sarah Lagan