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Herald completes winning double at media awards

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Archant South West’s Midweek Herald has been named the top free newspaper in the South West - for the second successive year – beating two sister publications to the title.

Reporter Katy Griffin was presented with the prestigious EDF Energy South West Media award at a glittering ceremony at the home of the Exeter Chiefs.

The Archant-owned newspaper was among the three free newspapers shortlisted. The other two were the North Devon Gazette and Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times - both Archant titles, too.

The judges said: “The Midweek Herald is a great weekly, with good hard news and a consistently high story count. It doesn’t try to cram too much on the front, with confidence in the strength of its splashes.

“Inside it’s busier, with lots of news, photos, court reporting, opinion and features. The paper is full of faces and is not afraid to cover big issues.

“Sport coverage includes football, rugby, running, netball, hockey, bowls, golf and a full page devoted to league tables.

“Good journalism ensures all angles are covered – and it’s been another successful year in terms of advertising revenue.”

The judges concluded the Herald was an ‘impressive and in-depth read’.

Group editor, Phil Griffin, said: “Thank you to every department for playing a part in the newspaper. It is always a joint effort which brings this kind of success.

“I am sure the judges would have a hard time picking a winner from the three short-listed Archant titles. Well done to the Gazette and Times teams, too.”

Pictured above is Herald reporter Katy Griffin receiving the award from Steve Hayfield, EDF Energy’s customer service director, and Exeter Chiefs’ rugby player Carl Rimmer.

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