New award will honour popular production ace

Tony Dumphy, one of the north-east’s most accomplished production
journalists who died from cancer last year, is to be honoured by having
a prize named after him in the annual Tom Cordner North East Press
Awards.

The Tony Dumphy Award for Splash Subbing will replace the Splash Award and is for excellence in front and backpage subbing.

Dumphy
won the Splash Award three times and his old paper, the Evening Gazette
in Middlesbrough, will sponsor the renamed accolade.

Dumphy was
the much-loved head of editorial production at the Gazette . He spent
25 years at the paper and just before his death was at the forefront of
the redesign which resulted in the move from broadsheet to compact.

Awards secretary Keith Seacroft said: “The awards organisers very much welcomed the Gazette ‘s proposal.”

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