The Hull Daily Mail’s coverage of the city’s disastrous flooding has earned it the daily newspaper of the year prize (over 40,000 circulation) at the Regional Press Awards.
The title was the big winner at this year’s awards, taking home two other prizes: front page of the year and multimedia publisher of the year.
The judges said the Mail was a paper that “does the big local stories brilliantly and is not afraid to give them space and projection”.
The entire Hull Daily Mail team went on stage wearing Hull City scarves in recognition of their local football team reaching the Premiership this year for the first time in 104 years.
Editor John Meehan said: “The future of our business is multimedia publishing. Our people get it and do it all of the time.
“What I’ve seen them do every day is breathtaking. This award is a tribute to every one of our fantastic people.”
The Evening Star in Ipswich was daily newspaper of the year in the under 40,000 category. Judges in particular singled out its 32-page special supplement on the conviction of serial killer Steve Wright. They described it as a “ballsy paper from front to back”.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner journalist Adrian Sudbury received an unprecedented standing ovation when he was announced as multimedia journalist of the year.
Sudbury was recognised for his blog about dealing with leukemia. It is the latest in a series of national and international awards for Sudbury’s work. He was too ill to attend the award ceremony in person but addressed the event with a prerecorded video message.
In recent weeks, after discovering that his condition is believed to be terminal, Sudbury has launched a campaign to persuade more people to become bone marrow donors.
It has led to him meeting prime minister Gordon Brown, who mentioned the visit this week in Prime Minister’s Questions.
Brown said: “I have met Mr Sudbury who is using the last weeks of his life to try to make people better aware of the dangers that result from bone marrow donations not being available.
“The issue of the promotion of the donation blood, bone marrow and organs is a priority for the department of health and we are looking at what we can do.”
Sudbury’s parents picked up the prize on his behalf. His father urged everyone present to go on to his blog and sign his petition calling for every school to be required to educate students about bone marrow donation.
The judges said of Sudbury’s work: “The subject matter of this blog is compelling and highly emotional. The judges were impressed by the quality of the journalism and the professionalism.
“The winner, they said, understands the medium, and its conversational relationship with the readers, in an extremely powerful way.”
The Cumberland News picked up three prizes including best weekly newspaper selling more than 20,000 copies. It was described by judges as an “unashamedly old-fashioned but sturdy piece of journalism”.
Roger Lytollis from the title won feature writer of the year and sports writer of the year was awarded to Jon Colman for the second year running.
The other person to pick up an award for the second year in succession was reporter of the year Jon Austin from the Basildon Echo.
The winner of weekly newspaper of the year in the below 20,000 category was the East London Advertiser.
See next week’s Press Gazette for more news and photos from the ceremony.
Full list of winners:
- Business and Finance Journalist of the Year: Bristol Evening Post, James Cowling
- Columist of the Year: Halifax Evening Courier, Colin Drury
- Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (Above 40k): Hull Daily Mail
- Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (Below 40k): Ipswich Evening Star
- Designer of the Year: Evening Star, Ipswich, Jonathan Elsey
- Feature Writer of the Year (Daily: Cambridge Evening News, Alice Ryan
- Feature Writer of the Year (Weekly): Cumberland News, Roger Lytollis
- Front Page of the Year: Hull Daily Mail, Floods
- Multimedia Journalist of the Year: Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Adrian Sudbury
- Multimedia Publisher of the Year: Hull Daily Mail
- Photographer of the Year (Daily/Sunday): Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, Colin Lane
- Photographer of the Year (Weekly): Ilford Recorder, Spencer Griffiths
- Reporter of the Year (Daily/Sunday): Basildon Echo, Jon Austin
- Reporter of the Year (Weekly): East London Advertiser, Ted Jeory
- Scoop of the Year: Cambridge Evening News, Sex change mayor and mayoress
- Sports Journalist of the Year (Daily/Sunday): Evening Chronicle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, John Gibson
- Sports Journalist of the Year (Weekly): The Cumberland News, Jon Colman
- Sports Photographer of the Year (Daily/Sunday): The Nothern Echo, Stuart Boulton
- Sports Photographer of the Year (Weekly): Craven Herald, Stephen Garnett
- Supplement of the Year: Manchester Evening News, Munich Remembered
- Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Above 20k): The Cumberland News
- Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Below 20k): East London Advertiser
- Young Journalist of the Year: Express & Echo, Exeter, Naomi Harris
- Specialist Writer of the Year: Nottingham Evening Post, Charles Walker