Liverpool Post and Echo triumph at O2 regional awards

Trinity Mirror‘s Liverpool Echo and Liverpool Daily Post were the big winners at last night’s Cheshire and Merseyside O2 Media Awards, scooping eight of the 16 prizes.

Daily Post journalist Laura Davis was crowned digital journalist of the year as well as winning a joint award with her Echo colleague Jade Wright for entertainment writer of the year.

There were also awards for Post journalists Ben Schofield (young journalist of the year) and David Bartlett (business reporter of the year).

Sister title the Echo took the awards for best feature writer (Paddy Shennan) and best reporter (Luke Traynor). The two papers shared the photography prize for the work of Gareth Jones.

ITV Granada Reports beat the BBC’s North-West Tonight and BBC Radio Merseyside for the team of the year award.

Granada Reports also picked up the award for sports journalism and reporter Caroline Hacking was presented with a special achievement award.

Judge Paul Newman, director of communications at the Media City complex in Salford, described her as “one of the brightest sparks in the region and a star in the making”.

The Warrington Guardian was named newspaper of the year and the Southport Visiter won scoop of the year for an unusual story about a teenager, arrested on the charge of “stealing by finding”, after handing in a mobile phone he had found in the street to his local police station.

O2 communications director Glenn Manoff, who hosted the ceremony, said: “The quality of entries from the region’s press was outstanding.”

Scoop of the year
Southport Visiter

Sports journalist of the year
Granada Reports sports team

Young journalist of the year – dailies
Ben Schofield – Liverpool Daily Post

Young journalist of the year – weeklies
Miranda Newey – Warrington Guardian

Feature writer of the year
Paddy Shennan – Liverpool Echo

Business reporter of the year
David Bartlett – Liverpool Daily Post

Photographer of the year
Gareth Jones – Liverpool Daily Post and Echo

Entertainment writer of the year
Laura Davis – Liverpool Daily Post
Jade Wright – Liverpool Echo

Reporter of the year
Luke Traynor – Liverpool Echo

Editorial team of the year
Granada Reports

Newspaper of the year
Warrington Guardian

TV broadcast journalist of the year
Jayne Barrett – BBC North West Tonight

Radio broadcaster of the year
BBC Radio Merseyside – News Team

Digital journalist of the year
Laura Davis – Liverpool Daily Post

Special achievement award
Caroline Hacking – Granada Reports

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