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Local papers and journalists getting UK-wide recognition at Regional Press Awards

Sun 27 May 2012, 10:06pm

Running alongside the build-up to and finals of the Eurovision Song Contest, it’s the season of newspaper awards. With fifteen nominations shortlisted across eleven categories in the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards, how did NI papers do at Friday’s award lunch when examined against the best of their regional counterparts right across the UK?

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

  • John McGurk (Sunday Life) - winner of Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year 2011John McGurk – Sunday Life – WINNER
  • Bimpe Archer – Irish News – HIGHLY COMMENDED
  • Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life – SHORTLISTED

The judges said the winner’s entries showcased versatility and “Incredibly personal journalism”.

John McGurk (Sunday Life) missed out on Feature Writer of the Year.

Bimpe Archer (Irish News) missed out on the Scoop of the Year.

Ciaran Barnes (Sunday Life) will be disappointed to have missed out on both the Specialist Writer and the Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year awards.

Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

  • Steven Beacom – Belfast Telegraph – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Weekly Newspaper (below 20k)

  • The Ulster Herald – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Daily/Sunday (above 25k)

  • Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson - Daily/Sunday paper of the Year 2011 (above 25k circulation)Belfast Telegraph – WINNER
  • Sunday Life – HIGHLY COMMENTED

The judges praised the winning paper’s strong, clean design, great pictures and an authoritative air.

The Belfast Telegraph missed out on the Digital Award and Front Page of the Year awards.

Supplement of the Year

  • Weekend – Belfast Telegraph – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Seanin Graham (Irish News) missed out on the Specialist Writer of the Year.

Photos by Nick Carter MagStar Ltd.

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