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Award Double for the Rotherham Advertiser

posted 15 Jul 2011, 05:55 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Jul 2011, 05:58 ]

In a triumphant night for editor Doug Melloy and his team, the Rotherham Advertiser picked up two awards at the 02 Media Awards for Yorkshire and The Humber.

The Advertiser beat the Yorkshire Evening Post, which won the title of Daily Newspaper of the Year, in a head-to-head battle for the overall award of Yorkshire’s Best Newspaper. The paper was also crowned O2 Weekly Newspaper of the Year 

Advertiser editor Doug Melloy said: “The Rotherham Advertiser, like newspapers up and down the country, has gone through a challenging period because of reduced revenues in difficult economic times.

“But unlike the major groups, we have avoided the ‘R’ word, redundancy, among journalists and instead vowed to maintain editorial standards and content.

“These awards are a well-deserved recognition of the fantastic output of our whole editorial team, who week after week turn out fantastic newspapers any editor would be proud of.

“These awards, which acknowledge their dedication and professionalism, belong to them and they should feel very proud.” 

More than 200 journalists and guests celebrated the 2011 awards at York Racecourse. A total of 17 awards were presented to media teams working on newspapers, radio, television and on-line publications.

Glenn Manoff, Director of Communications, Reputation and Sustainability at O2, said: “As a company we focus heavily on schemes and initiatives which help to build better communities so we were also delighted to recognise the impact regional journalism has on local life. 

“This year’s record number of entries didn't disappoint both in the variety of nominations we received and in the quality of the submissions.”

This year’s judging panel was made up of senior editors and writers from weekly, regional daily and national newspaper titles, senior radio executives and editors from commercial and BBC television.

Of the Advertiser the panel added: “This is a newspaper packed with news in spite of difficult economic times. This is an excellent weekly paper. With 20 pages of sport, 30-odd pages of news, a good leisure section and loads of readers letters. What more could anyone ask for?”

In awarding the overall O2 Newspaper of the Year crown they also said: “With two great papers it’s always difficult to select one overall winner particularly when comparing a local weekly to a regional daily newspaper. 

“Based on all round appeal and excellence in news sport and features; the way this paper interacts with readers while providing a superb package at a value for money price, the winner is the Advertiser.”

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