Regional Press Awards for 2019

June 19, 2020

The Regional Press Awards for 2019

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The winners were announced on Friday 19 June. Watch the ceremony below.

Winners announced for the Regional Press Awards

The results are in for the Regional Press Awards 2019 organised by the Society of Editors.

From a field of almost 700 entries, the winners and highly commended were announced on Friday 19 June in a special video event which replaced the planned gala awards lunch due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The awards, supported by headline sponsor Facebook Journalism Project, recognise excellence throughout the regional and local print press.

The newspaper of the year titles for 2019 were won by: 

Daily Newspaper of the Year Above 400,000 Monthly Reach: The Yorkshire Post.

Daily Newspaper of the Year Below 400,000 Monthly Reach: Western Mail.

Paid for Weekly/Sunday Newspaper of the Year Above 50,000 Monthly Reach: Bucks Free Press.

Paid for Weekly/Sunday Newspaper of the Year Below 50,000 Monthly Reach: Farnham Herald.

Free Weekly Newspaper of the Year: Islington Tribune

Website of the Year award went to HullLive, Hull Daily Mail.

The Birmingham Mail was chosen as joint winner for daily newspaper Campaign of the Year category for its focus on the Birmingham Pub Bombings. The judges also awarded top marks to the Power up the North campaign carried jointly by titles from publishers Newsquest, Reach and JPIMedia.

A full list of award winners can be found here and you can see full coverage of all of the nominated entries in all categories.

In a video message of support, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden MP paid tribute to all who worked in the regional press. He added: “Particularly local and regional press have a unique role to play both in holding local politicians to account and in building a sense of community.”

The Secretary of State added that he found questions asked by local journalists at the regular Coronavirus government briefings among the trickiest to deal with as they came from reporters close to their communities.

Sarah Brown, Facebook’s Head of Northern Europe News Partnerships, said: “I would like to say a huge congratulations to all those chosen as winners in the Regional Press Awards, a great achievement. We are delighted to be sponsoring the awards at a time when news is more important than ever.”

Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors commented: “Even though the awards have been affected by the Coronavirus emergency and we were unable to stage the gala lunch we were determined all the fantastic work carried out by the regional and local press did not go unrecognised.

“Anyone looking at the breadth and scale of the entries for this year’s awards will recognise the tremendous and vital role the sector plays in our nation.”

If you missed the video announcements, you can catch up on the whole awards ceremony online here.   

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The Society of Editors organises the awards on behalf of the industry and is supported by: headline sponsor Facebook Journalism Project; Camelot since 2001; Amazon Prime Video; Google News Initiative; Cision; PA Media; HoldTheFrontPage; Luther Pendragon; and the Journalists’ Charity.

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