Honouring the finest contributions to newspaper journalism in 2011, last night saw the luxurious London Lancaster Hotel host the ‘The Press Awards’. Organised by the Society of Editors in association with the Journalists’ Charity and the Newspaper Publishers’ Association, the event is proclaimed as one of the most prestigious in the industry’s calendar. The awards, previously known as the ‘British Press Awards’ was divided into over 30 categories giving recognition to reporters, feature writers, columnists and cartoonists to name but a few.
This year’s big winner was The Daily Mail, leaving with eight awards including Newspaper of the Year, Website of the Year and the Cudlipp Award for outstanding Journalism. Ruth Sherlock of the Daily Telegraph won Young Journalist of the Year and has received a lot of praise on twitter, including a ‘congrats’ from fellow nominee Laurie Penny of The Independent who is ‘still completely thrilled to have been nominated.’
Other winners included the witty Peter Brookes of the Times who picked up Cartoonist of the Year, the Guardian which went away with Scoop of the Year for its Milly Dowler phone hacking story and The Times which won Supplement of the Year for The Magazine.
Veteran reporter Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times was also mentioned as tributes were paid following her untimely death in Syria last month. Here, a true representation of the dedication seen within the industry was expressed through the remembrance of this fearless and passionate journalist.
Congratulations must also be given to Alexander Lebedev’s i which was nominated for the Newspaper of the Year award having only been in circulation since 2011.
Executive director of the Society of Editors, Bob Satchwell said: “Congratulations to all the winners, the awards showed the enduring quality of British journalism and particularly marked the Daily Mail’s year because of the culmination of a 14 year sustained campaign to bring the killers of Stephen Lawrence to justice.”