Newspaper of the Year award for The News

Members of The News team celebrate winning the title of Daily Newspaper of The Year at the EDF South East Awards 2014 with paratriathlete Lauren Steadman (third from right)
Members of The News team celebrate winning the title of Daily Newspaper of The Year at the EDF South East Awards 2014 with paratriathlete Lauren Steadman (third from right)
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THE News has been crowned Daily Newspaper of the Year at an awards ceremony.

The newspaper was handed the title at the EDF Energy awards for London and the south of England.

And there were two other successes – business reporter Claire French was named Daily Print Journalist of the Year and sports writer Jordan Cross was crowned Columnist of the Year.

The awards recognise the best of local and regional journalism.

They were presented by paratriathlete Lauren Steadman, a former University of Portsmouth student.

Editor of The News Mark Waldron said: ‘Our primary motivation as journalists is to serve our readers – to inform and entertain, and make sure they know everything they need to know about their area.

‘But having said that, it’s a pleasure to see the dedicated work of my staff recognised by the industry.

‘It’s a thoroughly deserved award – everyone has worked so hard over the past year and I’m delighted.

‘Claire and Jordan are worthy winners, and indeed everyone who was short-listed deserved to be there.’

Highlights in The News’ coverage in the last year include a campaign calling on prime minister, David Cameron to take action following the decision to end shipbuilding in Portsmouth with the loss of 940 jobs.

We called for assurances, including a named government minister and to ensure the Ministry of Defence-owned land in use for shipbuilding at Portsmouth Naval Base would remain available to support that work.

The Prime Minister responded by appointing a Minister for Portsmouth, and writing an open letter to the city, saying the government would do its utmost to support Portsmouth by protecting the yard and retaining its shipbuilding.

Our other nominees included defence correspondent Sam Bannister in the categories of Specialist, Digital and Print Journalist of the year, while political reporter Miles O’Leary was also nominated for the Print Journalist of the Year title.

Chief sports writer Neil Allen was nominated for Sports Journalist of the Year, reporter Ben Fishwick was up for Newcomer of The Year and the News’ website portsmouth.co.uk was nominated in the Website of the Year category.