Your Yorkshire Evening Post is officially the region’s best daily newspaper after scooping the top prize at the O2 Media Awards Yorkshire and Humber.
The Johnston Press title saw off tough competition from its sister paper, The Yorkshire Post and the Hull Daily Mail to be crowned Daily Newspaper of the Year at the ceremony held at the Northern Ballet in Leeds.
Your city daily also won the Community Journalism of the Year award thanks to reporter Jonny Brown’s handling of the Be A Hero campaign.
It was launched by the Yorkshire Evening Post last year in conjunction with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust with the aim of increasing the number of organ donors.
Within just three months more than 27,000 people had signed up to donate organs and help save lives.
In addition, Yorkshire Evening Post and Yorkshire Post photographer James Hardisty reclaimed the Image of the Year (Stills) title he won in 2015.
Yorkshire Evening Post Editor, Nicola Furbisher, who is also the managing editor of the Yorkshire Post said: “I’m truly delighted that the work and commitment of the editorial team here in Leeds has been recognised at such a prestigious event. Our ‘Be A Hero campaign not only changed lives, but saved them. I couldn’t be prouder of our team.”
Our sister title, The Yorkshire Post, also took home prizes on Thursday night after winning Scoop of the Year, with reporter Rob Waugh’s investigation into overtime payments made to senior fire officers in South Yorkshire.
The YP team was also named Print Team of the Year for their coverage of the Yorkshire floods which devastated the region over the Christmas and New Year period. In addition, it was joint winner of the Best Website award. Both titles had the lion’s share of the nominations across the categories at the awards and were highly commended in other categories such as specialist reporter of the year, feature writer of the year and sports writer of the year.
The Yorkshire Post was highly commended for its specialist publication to commemorate HRH The Queen’s 90th birthday. The Yorkshire Post editor James Mitchinson added: “Nothing gives me more pleasure than to see our teams up on stage, put there by our peers, receiving accolades for our work. The O2 Media judges awarded us eight titles this year. I believe that demonstrates the quality of journalism across our media centres, as well as our commitment to Yorkshire.
“For that I would like to offer sincerest thanks to everyone who played their part.”
The O2 Media awards are now in their ninth year and celebrate local and regional journalism. Nicola Green, Director of Communications at O2, said the awards had produced exceptional examples of regional journalism in what had been a memorable year for news events.