Sutton and Williams go out on a high at Regional Press Awards

Dominic Ponsford
 
Cumbria-based weekly the Cumberland News has been
named Regional Press Awards Newspaper of the Year for the second time.
 
In 2001, the independently-owned title won the top regional press
accollade for its coverage of the foot and mouth epidemic. This time it
was recognised for the way it told the story of Cumbria’s worst
flooding in 50 years. The News also picked up the supplement of the
year prize and sister title the News & Star won Team of the
Year for its coverage of the Carlisle floods.
 
The string of
awards were the crowning achievement of n distinguished national and
regional press career for Cumbrian Newspapers editorial director Keith
Sutton who retires from the industry this year.
 
Another editor going
out on a high note was Barrie Williams whose Western Morning News was
named Daily Newspaper of the Year. Williams revealed last week that he
has chosen to take early retirement because of “a major change of
policy and structure within Northcliffe newspapers”. The company is
seeking to make budget cuts of £20 million a year at its regional
titles.
 
The winning newspapers and journalists were revealed at the Hilton
Hotel in London and chosen out of more than 800 entries. The
awards were presented by broadcaster Michael Buerk.
 
The full list of
winners are:
 
Business and Financial Journalist of the Year: Jenny
Chapman of the Cambridge Evening News.
 
Young journalist of the year:
Nick Owens of the Lancashire Evening Post.
 
Specialist Reporter of the
Year: Charles Walker of the Nottingham Evening Post.
 
Feature Writer of
the Year: Caroline Foulkes of The Birmingham Post.
 
Sports Journalist of
the Year: Hyder Jawad of The Birmingham Post.
 
Columnist of the Year:
Nicola Barry of The Press and Journal, Aberdeen.
 
Photographer of the
Year: Richard Austin of the Western Morning News.
 
Sports Photographer
of the Year: Richard Austin of the Western Morning News.
 
Front Page of
the Year: Hull Daily Mail for The End.
 
Website of the Year: edp24 from
the Eastern Daily Press.
 
Reporter of the Year: Chrissy Harris of the
Leicester Mercury.
 
Supplement of the Year: Learning from The Cumberland
News.
 
Campaign of the Year: Nottingham Evening Post for Fair’n’Square.
 
Team of the Year: News & Star, Carlisle for The Great Escape.
 
Scoop
of the Year: Sinead McCavana of Sunday Life for ‘Top Cop Has Sex Swap’.
 
Business & Financial Newspaper of the Year: The Journal, Newcastle.
 
Daily or Sunday Newspaper of the Year: Western Morning News.
 
Weekly
Newspaper of the Year: The Cumberland News.
 
Free Newspaper of the Year:
Camden New Journal Evening.
 
Newspaper of the Year: Evening Times,
Glasgow.
 
Regional Newspaper of the Year: The Cumberland News.
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