Independent wins top honour at the What The Papers Say awards

The Independent has won the What The Papers Say award for newspaper of the year for the second time in a row.

The judges praised the paper for its “constant and brave editorial stance” as well as its groundbreaking switch to tabloid that has “changed the face of publishing”.

Editor Simon Kelner received the 2004 award at a ceremony in London.

Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun ‘s political editor, won scoop of the year for his exclusive leak of the content of the Hutton Report. It is the third award won by Kavanagh for his exclusive, which judges said “set the agenda”.

The Sun ‘s Ally Ross was named television critic of the year for the second year running.

The Daily Mail’s Ann Leslie was named foreign correspondent of the year. In making the award, the judges commended the variety of locations from which she filed her reports, including Saudi Arabia and President Bush’s hometown in Texas.

Her “brilliant and beautifully written ” articles were “measured, opinionated and thought-provoking in equal measure” the judges said.

Matthew Parris of The Times was named writer of the year. The judges were impressed by his “evocative, compelling and beautifully written work,” they said, singling out for praise Parris’s reports from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph’s Matt won cartoonist of the year, and there was a lifetime achievement award for Wally Fawkes, the Sunday Telegraph cartoonist known as “Trog.”

By Jon Slattery

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