Echo's the one to Mersey beat

Liverpool Echo journalists claimed top honours at the Merseyside Media Network Awards.

The
Echo’s Jason Roberts was named Photojournalist of the Year, Paddy
Shennan was Features journalist of the Year and Mike Hornby won Scoop
of the Year. The Echo’s Chris Bascombe shared the Sports Journalist of
the Year prize with the Radio City 96.7 team and Kate Mansey, from the
Echo, won the Student of the Year category.

Merseyside journalist
of the Year was Andy Gill (pictured), of BBC North West Tonight. He
also won Business journalist and Broadcaster of the Year.

Charles
Garside, managing editor of the Daily Mail and former part owner of
Liverpool-based Mercury Press Agency, presented the awards, sponsored
by Littlewoods.

Event organiser Ken Bennett, the Network’s founder-secretary, said: “The quality and high level of entries was astounding.

“The judges said all the winners and entrants can really be proud of their achievements.”

Professor
Phil Redmond received a plaque for his contribution to television and
Diana Pulson, former Liverpool Echo assistant editor, woman’s editor
and columnist, received a lifetime achievement award. Phil Key, Daily
Post arts editor, received a plaque for arts journalism.

The
Liverpool Daily Post’s Andy Kelly won the News journalist of the Year
category and Rick Cooke, from Trinity Mirror’s Sports Media, was
honoured with the Designer of the Year award.

Mercury Press
Agency’s Nikki Girvan and Andy Swanson jointly claimed the Newcomer of
the Year prize with Swanson also winning the Freelance of the Year
category, shared with Kevin Gopal from North West Business Insider.

Funds
raised by the event at the Holiday Inn, Lime Street, went to the Echo’s
Sunrise Appeal, Radio City’s Give a Child a Chance, the BBC charitable
Trust, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Weston Spirit.

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