Archant Anglia came up with a magnificent seven winners at yesterday’s EDF Energy East of England Media Awards held at Newmarket Racecourse.
Archant Norfolk produced six of the best with best front page and community campaign awards for the Norwich Evening News, a website of the year accolade for pinkun.com and individual awards for photographer Denise Bradley, graphic journalist Annette Hudson and digital journalist Michael Bailey.
Archant Suffolk also produced a winner in the form of sports journalist Dave Gooderham.
The Evening News won Front Page of the Year for its coverage of the death of former Norwich City manager John Bond, with a broadsheet cover designed by sub editor Daren Francis.
Judges said: “The Evening News went for a brave approach with its tribute to Norwich City great John Bond. The special wraparound and colour treatment – turning the front page including the masthead black and yellow – certainly worked, with the paper putting on an extra 1,000 sales.
“It’s a lovely main photo alongside tasters of what readers would find inside – tribute pieces, reaction from current and former players and managers and of course fans.”
The Evening News also took the Community Campaign of the Year for ‘A Friend in Need,’ designed to encourage readers to look out for vulnerable people in their neighbourhoods and masterminded by reporter Mark Shields.
Judges said: “A friend in need” was a very emotive community campaign. It began with a poignant front page about an elderly man found dead in his own home. He’d lain undiscovered for three months.
“This was the catalyst for a brilliantly-executed campaign. Linking with Voluntary Norfolk, the News tried to encourage people to give up their time and befriend isolated and vulnerable people in Norwich.”
Mark said: “I’m very pleased at the recognition for a campaign which has already made a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Norwich. We have had a fantastic response from our readers and colleagues, who have backed the befriending scheme from the start – but we are still looking for more volunteers to come forward.”
www.pinkun.com was named Website of the Year for the fourth time and the award was picked up by web editor Peter Raven, who said: “After missing out the last two years it's fantastic to win this award for the fourth time and, along with the Digital Award from the Regional Press Awards, it's great to see the hard work of the sports desk recognised.”
Judges said: “Pinkun.com is an engaging and interactive site with Norwich City at its core, fantastically integrated with a range of social channels. With 37m page views last year, thousands get involved with its live interactive coverage of matches, while its regular Norwich City podcast often achieves over 70,000 downloads.
“Shades it on account of its great engagement with its audience, value added content and integration across digital channels.”
Archant Norfolk photographer Denise Bradley was named News Photographer of the Year from an all-Archant shortlist.
Judges said: “There’s great variety in Denise’s work. The judges loved the charity ransom photo – fundraisers guarded by two stern police offers. The composition is well thought through, time has been taken to get everything right and the end result is a brilliant image.
“The Fifty Shades of Grey photo is beautifully set up and lots of fun – and the paramedic cradling the injured child an excellent news photo.”
Denise said: “I was delighted to be nominated and very happy to have won the award. We have a very strong photographic team at Archant Norfolk, as shown by our five nominations, and I'd like to thank them all for their support.”
Another to win from an all-Archant shortlist was Norfolk sports journalist Michael Bailey who was named Digital Journalist of the Year.
Judges said: “Michael is a prolific Tweeter – heading towards 20,000 when he entered the awards, but uses a variety of platforms including podcasts and live sites to engage with readers. The content is engaging and one podcast is now sponsored. The multi-channel approach is well thought out to supplement his printed column in the Eastern Daily Press. A combination of quality content and top notch engagement.”
"It's really lovely just to be nominated and have your hard work recognised in that way, so to then be the first person to pick a new award is an even better feeling," said Michael.
Archant Norfolk graphic journalist, Annette Hudson, was named Designer of the Year.
Judges said: “Bold use of colour and classic design mixed with innovation, are trademarks of Annette Hudson’s work. The judges loved the Beatles-style front cover for the Pink Un ahead of Norwich City’s match at Liverpool.
“Her final entry – Pandora’s box – was well thought out and brought to life the dry but important subject of a G20 summit. There’s care and attention given to the detail but never at the expense of the overall look and feel.”
Nigel Pickover, Editor-in-Chief, Archant Norfolk, said: “As the judges said, everyone nominated was a winner and I am delighted our high journalistic standards were recognised by industry peers. I’m thrilled our team scooped six great awards – recognising the quality of our products in both print and digital platforms.”
Dave Gooderham of Archant Suffolk was named Sports Journalist of the Year
Judges said: “A great mix of sports news and features saw David Gooderham earn his spot on this year’s shortlist. Writing for the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, he crams a lot of background work into his day – but the results are worth it, as evidenced in his exclusive on the demise of Jimmy Bullard at Ipswich Town – a well-sourced and well-written piece.
“A supplement on Ipswich’s Division One title-winning season of 1962 saw David given the space to delve into the history books, with great use of archive, stats, player profiles and interviews.”
Terry Hunt, Archant Suffolk Editor-in-Chief, said: “Dave left Archant a few weeks ago to pursue a change of career, so this well-deserved award is timely recognition of his brilliant work on our sports pages – both in print and online. These have been turbulent times at Ipswich Town, and Dave has been at the cutting edge of reporting them. He used Twitter to be the first journalist to report Paul Jewell’s departure from the club – 12 hours before the club confirmed it.’’
Johnny Hustler, MD of Archant Anglia, said: “Our business is about inspiring communities through great content and this is fantastic recognition of the great skill that lies within Archant. A huge ‘well done’ to all of our winners.”
Archant Anglia journalists and publications had no fewer than 30 nominations, including 19 from Archant Norfolk, 10 from Archant Suffolk and one from Archant Herts & Cambs.
Pictured top are some of the Archant Norfolk winners, from the left, Denise Bradley, Michael Bailey, Annette Hudson, Mark Shields, David Powles and Peter Raven.
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