Oxford Times top at NS awards

The Oxford Times has been named weekly newspaper of the year at the Newspaper Society weekly newspaper awards held at the Marriot Forest of Arden hotel.

Judges said the paper offered an "unbeatable package" and "value for money" noting its redesign and circulation.

Kent on Sunday picked up free weekly newspaper of the year, described as a "fantastic free paper". KoS has picked up free newspaper of the year twice at the British Press Awards in three years, including last year.

Chairman of Tindle Newspapers Sir Ray Tindle won the Clacksons' special award for outstanding contribution to the weekly newspaper industry.

The News Guardian in Whitley Bay won best free weekly newspaper in the Northwest, Northeast and Yorkshire, and received a merit for the overall free newspaper category. The paper's photographer Gemma Marriner was named best photographer on a free newspaper. David Newell, director of the Newspaper Society, said: "It was good to see the awards so well supported this year, with the event selling out in record time."

Other winners included: n Newspaper community award (paid-for weekly) — Melton Times n Newspaper campaigning award (free weekly) — Yellow Advertiser, Southend n Best news journalist (paid-for weekly) — Laura Sharpe, Accrington Observer n Best news journalist (free weekly) — Craig Lewis, MK News n Best feature journalist (paid-for) — Reg Little, Oxford Times n Best feature journalist (free) — Emily Retter, Sutton Coldfield Observer n Best photographer (paid-for) — Stephen Garnett, Craven Herald & Pioneer.

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