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Cumberland News retains its top newspaper title at awards ceremony

By Hamish Mackay

November 7, 2011 | 3 min read

The Cumberland News has been voted the North West’s Newspaper of the Year winner for the second year running.

At the O2 awards ceremony in Blackpool, the CN Group-owned weekly beat off opposition from the Lancashire Evening Post, which won the daily newspaper prize?

The judges described the Cumberland News as “one of the outstanding newspapers in Britain today.”

They said: “You cannot fail to be impressed by this title. Totally comprehensive … a paper to be applauded and admired for its content and design. It has the gravitas to rival any weekly newspaper and also any large regional daily in the UK.”

Top individual awards went to Ben Rossington of the Liverpool Echo, who was named News Reporter of the Year, and Sarah Newstead, of the Cumberland News, who won the title of Feature Writer of the Year.

The full list of winners was:

Business Journalist of the Year

Adam Jupp – Manchester Evening News

Digital Journalist of the Year

Adam McClean – Granada Reports

Young Journalist of the Year – Daily

Miranda Newey – Bolton News

Young Journalist of the Year – Weekly

Tom Bristow – Southport Visitor

Feature Writer of the Year

Sarah Newstead – Cumberland News

News Reporter of the Year

Ben Rossington – Liverpool Echo

Photographer of the Year

Colin Lane – Liverpool Daily Post and Echo

Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year

Janine Bolton – Rock FM

Scoop of the Year

Champion Newspapers

Think Big Award

Ben Osu

Sports Journalist of the Year

Jon Colman – Cumberland News

TV Broadcast Journalist of the Year

Matt O’Donoghue – Granada Reports

Editorial Team of the Year

Key 103

Daily Newspaper of the Year

Lancashire Evening Post

Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Cumberland News

Newspaper of the Year

Cumberland News

Outstanding Contribution Award

Gordon Burns – BBC North West Tonight

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