TheEvening Telegraphhas won the award for Front Page of the Year at the Regional Press Awards for its front page ‘Beyond Belief’. The Society of Editors Regional Press Awards celebrate the best of British regional and local newspaper journalism in 2014 in print, online and any other news platform.
The winning Evening Telegraph front page included an image of two drug users’ comatose in the street and opened the debate on the city’s attitude to drugs.
Evening Telegraph Editor Richard Prest said, “Beyond Belief was a powerful front page that provoked huge debate within Dundee and the surrounding community. We were praised for showing the true face of drug addiction while some people criticised the page for being intrusive. The Tele’s view was that this was a picture that had to be shown and that it would be wrong to shy away from such a difficult subject.
“Darren Hamilton secured the story and his Highly Commended award for Scoop of the Year is further testament to his hard work and dedication, having won Young Journalist of the Year at the recent Scottish Press Awards.”
The judges said, “It had the shock value and was a powerful and pertinent sign of the times. It was salutary and shocking and the editor should be praised for having the courage to print an image that was certain to provoke.”
Other DC Thomson titles to be recognised at the awards ceremony are;
Highly Commended Feature Writer of the Year, Chae Strathie, Sunday Post
Highly Commended Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year, Mark Guidi, Sunday Post
Highly Commended Supplement of the Year, First World War, The Courier
Highly Commended Scoop of the Year, Darren Hamilton, Evening Telegraph
Highly Commended Daily/Sunday Newspaper (above 25k), The Press and Journal
Notes to Editors:
The Evening Telegraph has been delivering the news and fighting for its readers since 1877. The title has seen many changes including a redesign, had its pagination increased and seen the launch of its new website www.thetele.co.uk.
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