Regional Press Awards 2012 winners: Liverpool Echo claims four prizes

The Liverpool Echo won four awards at the 2012 Regional Press Awards, garnering particular praise for its successful Hillsborough campaign.

The Trinity Mirror title also won the daily/Sunday newspaper of the year award for newspapers with circulations of more than 25,000.

Meanwhile, the Echo’s digital team also won the website of the year award and journalist Paddy Shennan was named feature writer of the year.

Elsewhere, Wales on Sunday, another Trinity Mirror title, claimed the daily/Sunday newspaper of the year award for titles with circulations of less than 25,000.

The Brentwood Gazette and Cumberland News won weekly newspaper of the year for newspapers below and above 20,000 circulations respectively.

The Southern Daily Echo claimed two prizes at the awards, with Simon Walter winning daily/Sunday sports journalist of the year and Melanie Adams claiming scoop of the year.

Chairman of the judges, a former Society of Editors president and former editor of the Manchester Evening News, Paul Horrocks, said: “Once again we have seen the amazing quality of journalistic effort that is being produced during challenging times for regional and local journalists.

“This year’s entries should act as a reminder to those who question the value of a free, diverse and vibrant press.”

Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, said: "Congratulations to all of this year’s winners who have yet again demonstrated the vital public service that they continue to perform.”

The list of winners in full is as follows:

Young Journalist of the Year

Winner: Richard Wheatstone, Manchester Evening News
Highly Commended: Bill Gardner, The Argus
 
Business and Finance Journalist of the Year

Winner: Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph
Highly Commended: Simon Bain, The Herald, Glasgow
 
Specialist Writer of the Year

Winner: Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life
Highly Commended:  Jon Austin, The Echo, Basildon
 
Feature Writer of the Year

Winner: Paddy Shennan, Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: Emma Higginbotham, Cambridge News
 
Columnist of the Year

Winner: Les Reid, Coventry Telegraph
Highly Commended: Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail
 
Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year

Winner: David Powell, North Devon Journal
Highly Commended: Amanda Little, The Cumberland News
 
Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

Winner: Simon Walter, Southern Daily Echo
Highly Commended: Stevie Roden, Nottingham Post
 
Weekly Reporter of the Year

Winner: Mark Williams, Lincolnshire Echo
Highly Commended:  David Churchill, Croydon Advertiser
 
Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

Winner: Rob Waugh, Yorkshire Post
Highly Commended: Kevin Shoesmith, Hull Daily Mail
 
Weekly Photographer of the Year

Winner: Stephen Garnett, Craven Herald
Highly Commended: Anna Draper, Lincolnshire Echo
 
Daily/Sunday Photographer of the Year

Winner: Ian Rutherford, The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday
Highly Commended: Kate Lowe, Derby Telegraph
 
Designer of the Year

Winner: David Hamburgh, Edinburgh Evening News
Highly Commended: Marc White, Media Wales
 
Supplement of the Year

Winner: More Magazine, Leicester Mercury  
Highly Commended: Weekend, Bristol Evening Post
 
Front Page of the Year

Winner: Merv’s Boots – Western Mail  
Highly Commended: Etched On Her Flesh – Derby Telegraph
                                      We Are With You – Manchester Evening News
 
Scoop of the Year

Winner: Melanie Adams, Southern Daily Echo
Highly Commended:  Gina Davidson, Edinburgh Evening News
 
Campaign of the Year

Winner: Hillsborough, Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: Cassie’s Law, Colchester Daily Gazette
 
Website of the Year

Winner: Liverpool Post and Echo Digital team
Highly Commended: Wales Online, Media Wales
 
The Digital Award

Winner: The Wales Online Datastore, Media Wales
Highly Commended: The PinkUn, Norwich Evening News
 
Weekly Newspaper (Below 20,000)

Winner: Brentwood Gazette
Highly Commended: The Cornishman
 
Weekly Newspaper (Above 20,000)

Winner: The Cumberland News
Highly Commended: Camden New Journal
                                      Westmorland Gazette
 
Daily/Sunday Newspaper (Below 25,000)

Winner: Wales on Sunday
Highly Commended: Dundee Evening Telegraph
 
Daily/Sunday Newspaper (Above 25,000)

Winner: Liverpool Echo
Highly Commended: Express and Star Wolverhampton Sunday Life

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