Archant flagship newspaper the Eastern Daily Press has beaten off competition from national newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror to win the prestigious Grand Prix award at the 2015 newsawards.
This was backed up by two Highly Commendeds forLondon24’s work with Honest John on their Renault UKcampaign and in the Digital Innovation of the Year category, alongside a whole host of Commendeds in all three of the print, digital and business categories.
Taking the gold standard Grand Prix title, judges commenting that the EDP had brought renewed confidence to the regional newspaper sector, combining both print and digital transformation and success. The brand’s relevance to the local community was also cited, with judges crediting its innovation and endeavour.
The Grand Prix is awarded to the news media brand that brings together the most cohesive and compelling ‘print-digital-business’ offering to the market – the total package. According to the judges, it is the key award that “goes to the crux of the matter as far as the news media industry is concerned”.
EDP editor, Nigel Pickover, said: “This is an honour for everyone connected to the world of the EDP – from our great printers to our distribution teams and newsboys and girls – because teamwork and collaboration is at the heart of what we do.
“This award highlights how we are adapting to a fast-moving world and we are delighted the judges placed us ahead of national newspaper brands, saying we had brought renewed confidence to the regional sector. The EDP is immensely proud to be part of the changing world of Archant and today’s news is testament to the team’s innovative and forward thinking attitude.”
Archant chief executive, Jeff Henry, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for Archant and deserved recognition for the creativity, hard work and pride that goes into our output right across the company – it should be celebrated. Great content produced by great people is something we have done for 170 years – it is at the core of Archant business and will continue to be as we lead the way in revolutionising local media and the role it plays in communities.”
Paul Hood, Digital Director for London24 said: “Digital innovation of the Year was one of the most hotly contended categories, with global brands including VICE news and the Times making the shortlist. For London24 to prevail over brands like these to win the ‘Highly Commended’ accolade is a great credit to Kate Nelson, editor of London24 and the rest of the team. An amazing result, well done.”
Other Archant finalists were:
Commended for Archant Print in the Regional Newspaper Printer of the Year category
Commended for the EDP in Regional Newspaper of the Year
Commended for Devon Life in the Regional Magazine of the Year category
Commended for the Ham&High Property and EDP Weekend in the Regional Coldset Supplement of the Year category
Commended for Angling Times and MCN for Archant Print in Niche Market Newspaper of the Year
Commended for London24 in News Website of the Year (UK and International)
Commended for the EDP’s work with Richardson’s Boating Holidays in the Brand Partnership of the Year category.
Gary Cullum, director of newsawards, says: “2015 has seen a complete revamp of the Awards which have a fresh new image, a new format and a new venue. The new format divided the awards into three distinct sections: print, digital and business.
The 19 categories showcase the best in both printed and digital media. The winners were announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday April 29 at the Lancaster London.
www.newsawards.co.uk Pictured above editor Nigel Pickover and managing editor Tim Williams pick up the Fujifilm Grand Prix trophy.
By Keith Morris