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Bel Tel sweeps board as Regional Press Awards announced

by Paul Linford Published 16 Apr 2024 

The Belfast Telegraph emerged as the big winner at this year’s Regional Press Awards, scooping eight of the 21 prizes on offer.

The Mediahuis-owned title was named large News Brand of the Year and also won the Website of the Year and Best Live Coverage awards in addition to five individual prizes.

Three of those went to Sam McBride, who was named daily Reporter of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year and Opinion Writer of the Year, while Raymond Esteban was Designer of the Year for the second year running.

The awards were handed out at a celebration dinner attended by hundreds of journalists and editors at Quaglinos in London.

Judges said of the Bel Tel: “The Belfast Telegraph is a “big brand, doing what it should be doing – and doing it brilliantly with impressive audience growth figures.

“The Telegraph doesn’t just excel at hard news – it puts business, sport, entertainment and human interest stories at the heart of its output.”

Judges also praised the publication’s BelTel podcast, which celebrated its first birthday in April and has now hit 30,000 downloads a week, calling it “a strong indication that the title is adapting to the changing demands of the readership. ”

And the Front Page of the Year prize, sponsored by HTFP, went to Belfast’s Sunday World for its front page headlined Blind Courage, telling the shocking story of a Craigavon mum who stood up to a gangland boss after he blinded her in a brutal attack.

The awards are produced by Haymarket Media Group on behalf of the News Media Association, in partnership with Openreach and HoldtheFrontPage

Causeway Chronicle extend individual congratulations to Steven Beacom, Sam McBride, Raymond Esterban on their recognition awards and ton the Belfast Telegraph in general for their bench-mark journalism print and on-line media content.

The full list of winners was as follows:

Young Journalist of the Year: Abi Whistance, Mill Media Co

Specialist Journalist of the Year: Conor Gogarty, WalesOnline

Sports Journalist of the Year: Steven Beacom, Belfast Telegraph

Feature Writer of the Year: Sam McBride, Belfast Telegraph

Crime & Investigative Reporter of the Year: Charles Thomson, Newsquest

Opinion Writer of the Year: Sam McBride, Belfast Telegraph

Photographer of the Year: Simon Hulme, The Yorkshire Post

Designer of the Year: Raymond Esteban, Belfast Telegraph

Cathryn Nicholl Award: Bridget Dempsey, Newsquest

Reporter of the Year (Weekly): Charles Thomson, Newsquest

Reporter of the Year (Daily): Sam McBride, Belfast Telegraph

Supplement of the Year: BUSINESSiQ, The Northern Echo

News Website of the Year: Belfast Telegraph

Reporting Communities Award: Greater Govanhill

Front Page of the Year: Blind Courage – Sunday World

Digital Initiative of the Year: Public Notice Portal (PNP)

Best Live Coverage: Belfast Telegraph

Campaign of the Year: Awaab’s Law, Manchester Evening News

Scoop of the Year: Exposed: Our hidden camera uncovers exploitation and pressure-selling at direct sales firm – WalesOnline

News Brand of the Year (Small): Cambridge Independent

News Brand of the Year (Large): Belfast Telegraph

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