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May 16, 2014updated 19 May 2014 2:10pm

Local heroes: All the winners from the regional press awards for 2013

By Dominic Ponsford

CN Group titles the Cumberland News and the Carlisle News and Star won both daily and weekly newspaper of the year prizes at the Society of Editors regional press awards today.

The Cumberland News won the prize for top weekly above 20,000 and the News & Star was top daily below 25,000. The best weekly below 20,000 was Local World’s Brentwood Gazette and best daily above 25,000 was the UK’s top selling regional title, the Express and Star in Wolverhampton.

The chairman of judges special award went to Deric Henderson of the Press Association in recognition of his 45-year journalism career, including 33 with the Press Association. Henderson has reported on Northern Ireland since 1969.

A new Journalists’ Charity award went to Peter Barron in honour of his 15 years as editor of the Northern Echo (the longest serving editor in the paper’s 144-year history).

Other notable winners included weekly newspaper reporter of the year Gareth Davies who picked up the prize for a second time. Davies hit the headlines earlier this year when he was served with a harassment warning by police for putting questions to a convicted fraudster.

The awards were hosted by LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari who contributed his services.

Full list of winners for the Regional Press Awards for 2013

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Young Journalist of the Year

Ben Leo of the Brighton Argus

Business and Finance Journalist of the Year

Ben Woods of the Eastern Daily Press

Specialist Writer of the Year

Jon Austin of The Echo, Basildon

Feature Writer of the Year

Lee Marlow of the Leicester Mercury

Columnist of the Year

Sadie Hasler of The Echo, Basildon

Blog of the Year

Peter Rhodes of the Express & Star, Wolverhampton 

Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year

Chris Harby of the Melton Times

Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

Jon Colman of the Carlisle News & Star 

Weekly Reporter of the Year

Gareth Davies of the Croydon Advertiser

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

Ben Wilkinson of the Oxford Mail

Weekly Photographer of the Year

Anna Draper of the Lincolnshire Echo for a “powerful and heart-breaking portrait of a father and son” that was “picked up by the majority of the nationals and was used as a platform for launching a national campaign for the importance of wearing a cycle helmet”

Daily/Sunday Photographer of the Year

Will Johnston of the Leicester Mercury for an "incredibly moving photograph that perfectly captured the tragedy of a parent’s death"

Designer of the Year

Gary Beckwith of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle


Supplement of the Year

Week End by the Western Mail

Front Page of the Year

‘Hear Our Voices’ by the North West Evening Mail

Scoop of the Year

Teachers at City Muslim school ‘ordered to wear hijabs’’ by Zena Hawley of the Derby Telegraph

Campaign of the Year

 ‘Save the Whittington Hospital’ by the Camden New Journal

Newspaper Society Making a Difference prize (chosen by public vote)

The Yorkshire Post for: Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic

Website of the Year

Manchester Evening News  

The Digital Award

Liverpool Echo  

Journalists’ Charity Award

Peter Barron of the Northern Echo

Chairman’s Special Award  

Deric Henderson of the Press Association

Weekly Newspaper (below 20,000)  

Brentwood Gazette

Weekly Newspaper (above 20,000)

The Cumberland News  

Daily/Sunday Newspaper (below 25,000)

Carlisle News & Star

Daily/Sunday Newspaper (above 25,000)

Express & Star, Wolverhampton

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