The Yorkshire Post picked up four prizes at the O2 Media Awards for Yorkshire and the Humber last night, including the overall award for newspaper of the year.
Newspapers, television and radio broadcasters and online publishers from across the region took part in the competition, which aims to celebrate some of the best talent in regional journalism.
The Yorkshire Post was praised for its commitment to quality reporting. One of the judges said: “This is a newspaper which retains so many of the values that newspapers were built on – it is hard to find an equal.”
Three Yorkshire Post journalists also picked ip awards. Greg Wright took business journalist of the year – a new award for the 2009 event – and digital journalist of the year went to David Behrens.
The Post’s Tom Richmond was named feature writer of the year for what the judges said were his “beautifully constructed personality features”.
The Worksop Guardian won the award for editorial team of the year for its coverage of the Neil Entwistle murder case.
The chief reporter of the Nottinghamshire weekly, Debbie Lockett, was sent to Massachusetts to provide day-by-day online coverage of the trial of the Worksop man, who was convicted of murdering his American wife and their daughter
Scoop of the year went to Richard Marsden of the Sheffield Star for his reporting of the family who had been driven out of their home by the credit crunch and forced to live in their Vauxhall Vectra. Judges said the story had left every national “chomping for more”.
Sophie Hazan of the Yorkshire Evening Post was named reporter of the year. The panel said: “She is fearless in her pursuit of those up to mischief and as such a jewel in the Evening Post’s crown.”
The judges included Warrington Guardian editor Nicola Priest, former Editorial Director, MEN Weekly Newspapers editorial director Richard Catlow and Radio City news and sports editor Steve Hothersall.
The awards also recognised fresh talent in two young journalist of the year categories.
Cherry Wilson, of the Rotherham Advertiser, was judged to be the best among the weekly papers while Adam Lovell, of the Hull Daily Mail, triumphed in the dailies category.