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May 23, 2016updated 24 May 2016 9:02am

Regional Press Awards: Fourth reporting prize for Croydon’s Gareth Davies, double win for Birmingham’s Jeanette Oldham

By Freddy Mayhew

The Dundee Courier has been named the regional daily newspaper of the year while the Kent Messenger took the title for weekly title of the year at the annual Regional Press Awards (both with a circulation above 20,000). Find a full list of winners and highly commended entries below.

Host Nick Ferrari showed his colours at the start of the ceremony, stripping his suit jacket and shirt away to reveal a blue Leicester City FC top (pictured below) in celebration of his team’s historic premier league victory this year.

Regional Press Awards - Nick Ferrari Leicester City FC(1)

The Birmingham Mail’s Jeanette Oldham received two awards, although wasn’t there to collect them. The Croydon Advertiser’s Gareth Davies collected his fourth Weekly Reporter of the Year award, his third in a row, referencing his recent victory in getting the Met police to withdraw a harassment warning against him after two years in a short speech.

The York Press claimed the prize for Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year below 20,000 copies while The Cumberland News took the title of weekly of the year below 20,000.

Picking up her award for Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year, Caroyln Hitt dedicated the gong to “the Cardiff businessman who said: ‘I don’t write on cross-stitch, why do you write on rugby?’.”

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Weekly Sports Reporter of the year went to the Newham Recorder’s Dave Evans, his first win and second nomination. He said: “I feel quite proud. Usually my main job is to cover West Ham [United] and there are plenty of stories there but none of the stories I entered where of West Ham. They were features I did that were a bit more off the wall with a bit more detail and a message.”

Columnist of the year, Ericka Waller, of The Brighton Argus dedicated her award to “the families and the victims of the Shoreham [air] disaster”.

The Making a Difference Campaign Award was awarded to The Dundee Courier for Frank’s Law, seeking fairer personal care support for dementia sufferers. The Chairman’s Award this year went to the Liverpool Echo for its coverage of the Hillsborough inquests.

The awards, on Friday at the Marriot Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London, are organised by the Society of Editors in association with the Press Association, the News Media Association and HoldTheFrontPage.

Society of Editors executive director Bob Satchwell said: “Regional newspapers in 2015 again demonstrated the terrific journalism they provide for their readers in terms of investigations, campaigns and good news stories that helped their readers and reflected the communities they serve.

“The awards identify and celebrate the top class achievements and best work of journalists and hundreds of newspapers across the country in print and on innovative digital platforms.”

Picture: All the winners on stage, credit: Society of Editors

Regional Press Awards 2016

Young Journalist of the Year

Highly commended – Rob Golledge, Express and Star, Wolverhampton

Winner – Sophie Prideaux, Bristol Post

Business and finance journalist of the year

Highly commended – Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph

Winner – Simon Bain, The Glasgow Herald

Specialist Writer of the Year

Highly commended – Martin George, Eastern Daily Press

Winner – Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail

Feature Writer of the Year

Highly commended – Zoe Chamberlain, Birmingham Mail

Winner – Lee Marlow, Leicester Mercury

Columnist of the Year

Highly commended – Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail

Winner – Ericka Waller, The Brighton Argus

Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year

Highly commended – Jon Colman, The Cumberland News

Winner – Dave Evans, Newham Recorder

Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

Highly commended – Suzanne Geldard, Lancashire Telegraph

Highly commended – James Pearce, Liverpool Echo

Winner – Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail

Weekly Reporter of the Year

Highly commended – Ruby Kitchen, Harrogate Advertiser

Winner – Gareth Davies, Croydon Advertiser

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

Highly commended – Ciaran Barnes

Winner – Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail

Weekly Photographer of the Year

Highly commended – Mark Williamson, Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Winner – Michael Gillen, The Falkirk Herald

Daily/Sunday Photographer of the Year

Highly commended – Jon Lewis, Oxford Mail

Highly commended – Rob Lock, Lancashire Evening Post

Winner – Kris Miller , The Dundee Courier

Designer of the Year

Highly commended – Sian David, Bath Chronicle

David Lewins, Bristol Post

Winner – Kathryn Clarke-McLeod, Western Morning News

Supplement of the Year

Highly commended – The Way We Were, The Sentinel

Winner – Scotland’s 100 Iconic Moments, Sunday Post

Front Page of the Year

Highly commended – Decency 1, Hatred 0, Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Winner – Thanks Andy, West Briton

Scoop of the Year

Highly commended – North Sea gets £1bn vote of confidence, Rita Brown, The Aberdeen Press and Journal

Winner – Shameful, Sophie Doughty, Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Campaign of the Year

Highly commended – Kids in Crisis, Hull Daily Mail

Highly commended – Pay Up Now, Camden New Journal

Winner – One in Eight, Hereford Times

Website of the Year

Highly commended –, Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Highly commended –, Southern Daily Echo

Winner –, Belfast Telegraph

The Digital Award

Highly commended – Hillsborough Inquests, Liverpool Echo

Highly commended – Pink’un Interactive, Eastern Daily Press

Winner – Trinity Mirror Data Unit, Trinity Mirror

Journalists’ Charity Award

David Pugh, NLA Media Access

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (below 20,000)

Highly commended – Essex Chronicle

Highly commended – The Scarborough News

Winner – The Cumberland News

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (above 20,000)

Highly commended – Camden New Journal

Highly commended – The Westmorland Gazette

Winner – Kent Messenger

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (below 20,000)

Highly commended – News and Star

Winner – The Press, York

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (above 20,000)

Highly commended – Express and Star

Winner – The Courier, Dundee

Making a Difference Campaign Award

Winner – Frank’s Law, The Dundee Courier

Chairman’s Award

Hillsborough, 27 Year Fight for Truth, Liverpool Echo

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