The Birmingham Evening Mail and the Dover Express have been named daily and weekly newspapers of the year respectively in Trinity Mirror Regionals 2003 editorial awards.
Both titles were among 15 newspaper winners last week when new Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly Bailey handed out the trophies.
Bailey said she was “very impressed” by the quality of the entries and congratulated the winners on publishing “great newspapers for our readers”.
Birmingham Evening Mail editor Roger Borrell, who successfully relaunched his newspaper last year, picked up a hat-trick of awards, including the best daily/sunday Newspaper of the Year.
The best weekly paper, the Dover Express, was described by the judges as a “beacon of excellence”.
Stephen Parker, Trinity Mirror’s managing director, regional newspapers, said: “We deliberately changed the judging criteria for most categories from ‘best’ to ‘most improved’ and the standard of entries showed that our ‘from Biggest to Best’ initiative is working and our commitment and investment is paying off.”
Regionals editorial director, Neil Benson, added: “This year’s awards show the talent we have across all our newspapers.” Other “most improved” winners were: Daily/Sunday
news pages: Birmingham Evening Mail; feature pages: Sunday Mercury; sports pages: Sunday Sun, Newcastle; design: Birmingham Evening Mail; photography: The Journal, Newcastle.
news pages: Dover Express; feature pages: South London Press; sports pages: Hinckley Times; design: Southport Visiter and Formby Times; photography: Hinckley Times.