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Mail on Sunday named newspaper of the year at the Society of Editors Press Awards for 2015

By Dominic Ponsford

The Mail on Sunday was last night named national newspaper of the year at the Society of Editors Press Awards for 2015 last night.

The judges said: "It continues to be a great product that produces landmark stories…It is always entertaining with hard-hitting exclusives and fantastic columnists. It is guaranteed to produce a marmalade-dropper."

It was also the biggest overall winner picking up seven prizes in total including scoop of the year for "Blood money: How Thomas Cook demanded – and won – £3.5 million payout – TEN times as much as parents got – after children's Corfu villa gas deaths… to help protect its image".

A special chairman's award went to The Independent (which closes at the end of this week), The Independent on Sunday (which closed on Sunday) and the i (which lives on under new ownership).

Pictured below are editors Amol Rajan, Lisa Markwell and Oliver Duff with Bob Satchwell and awards host Nick Ferrari (picture: Society of Editors)

Chairman of judges Bob Satchwell said: "The Indie was a brave innovation, as was its sister Sunday.

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"The i proved so many soothsayers wrong. Five years on it has proved something of a driving force. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery especially when some have dispatched print into the history books. Let’s hope the i‘s success is mirrored elsewhere."

Scoop of the year went to the Mail on Sunday for:"Blood money: How Thomas Cook demanded – and won – £3.5 million payout – TEN times as much as parents got – after children's Corfu villa gas deaths… to help protect its image."

Front page of the year went to The Sun for: BUSTED: Cops probe peer's hookerdrug romp."

Full list of winners

Young Journalist of the Year
Tom Rowley of the Daily Telegraph

Business and Finance Journalist
Richard Milne of the Financial Times

Political Journalist of the Year
Rachel Sylvester of The Times

Foreign Reporter of the Year
Ian Birrell of The Mail on Sunday

Science and Health Journalist of the Year
Sarah Boseley

ShowBiz Reporter of the Year
Nicola Methven of the Daily Mirror

Sports Journalist of the Year
Matthew Syed of The Times

Specialist Journalist of the Year
Dan Jones of The Sun

Interviewer of the Year: Popular
Cole Moreton of The Mail on Sunday

Interviewer of the Year: Broadsheet
Camilla Long of The Sunday Times

Feature Writer of the Year: Popular
Guy Adams of the Daily Mail

Feature Writer of the Year: Broadsheet
Martin Fletcher of The Times

Columnist of the Year: Popular
Ian Birrell

Columnist of the Year: Broadsheet
Dominic Lawson of The Sunday Times

Critic of the Year
Marina O’Loughlin of The Guardian

Photographer of the Year
Manu Brabo of The Sunday Times

Sports Photographer of the Year
Tom Jenkins of The Guardian

Cartoonist of the Year
Morten Morland of The Times

Scoop of the Year
Mail on Sunday for Blood Money

News Reporter of the Year
David Rose of The Mail on Sunday

The Digital Innovation Award
Financial Times

Website of the Year
The Guardian

Front page of the Year
Busted by The Sun

Supplement of the Year
The Guardian Weekend Magazine

Sports Team of the Year
Mail Sport

News Team of the Year
The Mail on Sunday

The Cudlipp Award
The Daily Mail for is expose of the "bullying tactics and unscrupulous behavior of some major charities"

Journalists’ Charity Award
Irish ambassador Dan Mulhall

The Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Prize for Innovation
Amie Ferris-Rotman

Chairman’s Award
The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and the i

Newspaper of the Year
The Mail on Sunday

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