Camden New Journal named best weekly newspaper in UK at Regional Press Awards
Industry salutes one of the last independent titles for 'committed news output'
25 May, 2018
Awards host Nick Ferrari with the New Journal’s Tom Foot and William McLennan
THE Camden New Journal has been named the UK’s best weekly newspaper in this year’s Regional Press Awards, the highest accolade in the industry.
Judges revealed their decision at a glittering awards ceremony on Friday, praising the newspaper for its commitment and determination during tough times for the industry.
The newspaper is one of the country’s last remaining independent titles. It is not part of the five companies in control of three-quarters of the local press in the country.
“The independently-run Camden New Journal has remained committed to its news output,” said the panel of media experts ruling on the high circulation weekly newspaper of the year category. “It has a notable commitment to online, with expanded use of video and audio.”
Collecting the trophy on stage at the Institute of Engineering and Technology on the Embankment, assistant editor Tom Foot dedicated the prize to staff at the paper, from the journalists to the long-serving sales and production team, and front-of-house receptionist.
“This is a team effort across all the departments, and it’s also a tribute to the readers who keep us on our toes every week,” he said. “It’s also a win for independent journalism.”
The success at what’s known as the industry Oscars for the regional press continued when the paper’s William McLennan was named Reporter of the Year. His work over the past 12 months has included an in-depth investigation into the Chalcots estate fire crisis.
Meanwhile, Samantha Booth, a reporter on our sister newspaper, Islington Tribune, was “highly commended” in the Young Reporter of the Year section for her coverage of the Croydon tram crash in her previous job at the Croydon Advertiser.
Radio presenter Nick Ferrari, hosting the awards, said the New Journal had gone the extra mile, adding: “A great example was producing an 8am edition on the general election results, splashing on its big-name local winners.”
Chairman of judges Paul Horrocks said: “The depth and wide-ranging subjects displayed in the entries this year were excellent. Judges spent hours poring over the details, prompting lively debate which reflects the quality and passion of the regional and local press in the UK.”
The awards, staged each year by the Society of Editors, are held in association with HoldtheFrontPage website. News of the New Journal’s success brought messages of congratulations and encouragement to “keep up the good work”, including support from those put under the microscope by the CNJ.
At the Town Hall, Labour council leader Councillor Georgia Gould said: “It’s fantastic to see the Camden New Journal recognised nationally again. Local democracy needs brilliant local reporting and we’re lucky to have the very best in Camden. “Thanks for all you do to shine a light on injustice in Camden, tell the stories that need to be told and keep us on our toes.”
Leader of opposition Conservative councillor Oliver Cooper added: “It’s a brilliant win for the Camden New Journal, a very well-deserved reward for its consistently high quality output.”