DC Thomson Media shortlisted for 36 press awards

DC Thomson Media has received an incredible 36 nominations at the UK Regional Press Awards and the Scottish Press Awards. 

The Sunday Post, The Courier, The Press and Journal, Evening Telegraph, Evening Express and Energy Voice have all been shortlisted across a number of categories. 

Several members of the editorial team also received individual nominations including journalists Dale Haslam and Lesley-Anne Kelly and photographer Mhairi Edwards who have all been nominated at both the UK and Scottish awards. 

Richard Neville, head of news brands at DC Thomson, said: “This is fantastic recognition of the hard work and talent of our editorial teams. 

“It has been a year of transformational change in our newsrooms, with the additional challenge of getting our newspapers and magazines out each day during a global pandemic. But our journalists, specialist writers, photographers, columnists and production staff stepped up to ensure our loyal readers stayed informed and entertained throughout. 

“It is particularly pleasing to see the Aberdeen Home Delivery team recognised in the Special Award for 2020 category for their incredible work getting papers out to our readers during lockdown.” 

The UK Regional Press Awards are taking place virtually on September 16 and the Scottish Press Awards will be held in Glasgow on September 29. 

A full list of the nominations available below. 

https://www.scotns.org.uk/awards/ 

https://www.societyofeditors.org/events/regional-press-awards-for-2020/shortlist/ 

Beano Crown ‘Britain’s Funniest Class’ in Third Year of Annual Competition

Beano has been on the hunt for Britain’s Funniest Class 2021 and the submissions have been undeniably top grade.

The annual competition, which is currently in its third year, challenges kids across the country to find their funny bones and submit their best quips in hope of securing the title as ‘Britain’s Funniest Class 2021’.

From ‘knock-knock’ to ‘what did?’ jokes there were heaps of hilarious submissions, but Forthill Primary School in Dundee took the top spot with this year’s winning joke “What did the facemask say to the mouth? Let me cover for you!”. The topical-inspired joke received over 21.7% of the final votes on Beano.com and Forthill Primary School’s Class 5B are revealed as Britain’s Funniest Class and immortalised as Beano characters in the comic on sale today.

A total of ten quick-witted school classes were shortlisted by a panel of Beano’s gag masters, before the public were given the deciding vote to crown the winner.

Runners up, Greystones Primary School weren’t far behind the winners with their very COMICal punchline securing 17.4% of votes – ‘What did the teacher say to the comic lover as a punishment? There will Beano comics for you’.

Rounding off the top three came St John the Baptist Primary with their rib-tickler, “Where’s the best place to take a dog for a walk? Leeds” and 11% of the votes.

The top 10 jokes, all true Beano-esque funnies, are as follows:

Final Position School Class Name Shortlisted joke %
1st Forthill Primary school 5B

 

What did the facemask say to the mouth? Let me cover for you!” 21.7
2nd Greystones Primary School Y5R What did the teacher say to the comic lover as a punishment? There will Beano comics for you. 17.4
3rd St John the Baptist Primary School 4S Where’s the best place to take a dog for a walk? Leeds 11.1
4th Upton Meadows Primary 6YG Knock knock. Who’s there? Justin. Justin who? Justin time to read Beano. 9
5th Bradford Christian School Year 5 & 6 What did Minnie change her name to when Rubi’s ‘Growth Ray’ experiment went wrong?
Minnie the Shrinks!
8.9
6th Hampton Hill Junior School 5R Why did the mobile phone go for an eye test?
Because it lost its contacts!
7.4
7th Howardian Primary School 5HB What did the pen say to the rock?
Nothing, because pens can’t talk.
7.2
8th Uffculme Primary School Year 4 What does a scary panda say?
Bam boooooooo!
6.8
9th Finton House School 3N Q. What is the coldest Christmas food?
A. Pigs in blankets
5.3
10th Porthcawl Primary School Llynfi Why didn’t the robber steal Bea’s sweets?
Because no-one would stoop that low!
4.9

Beano’s Mike Sterling presented the class at Forthill Primary School with the official Beano ‘Britain’s Funniest Class’ trophy alongside a bundle of Beano goodies including comic subscriptions for the whole class and books courtesy of Studio Press.

Mike Stirling, Editorial Director at Beano Studios said, “Beano is always there for kids seeking a joke to share with their friends and these new gags will continue to bring laughs to friends and families this summer. We’ve learned our greatest gags have always come from kids themselves and Britain’s Funniest Class has schooled us yet again, raising some much-needed chuckles in classrooms. With the summer holidays Beano can’t guarantee sun, but we 100% promise fun!”

The annual competition in partnership with YoungMinds, the children and young people’s mental health charity, aims to lift classroom spirits and tickle funny-bones whilst providing teachers with free educational resources linked to the curriculum.

All finalist schools will have their jokes added to Beano’s joke generator (www.beano.com/jokes) and receive special Beano certificates marking their achievement.

The comic featuring Britain’s Funniest Class and the shortlisted jokes is on sale now.

Royal Mail Marks Dennis’ 70th Anniversary with set of 10 Special Stamps

On Thursday 1st July, Royal Mail announced the launch of a new set of stamps celebrating 70 years of the British comic character Dennis.

Six stamps look back at Dennis through the ages; from his first ever black-and-white comic strip in 1951, to important events in his life, including meeting his baby sister, Bea, adopting Gnasher, and even finding out that his dad is a grown-up version of Dennis from the 1980s. These stamps are based on original strips from Beano comics of the time.

A further four stamps, exclusively illustrated by the current Dennis artist, Nigel Parkinson, show the culmination of an exclusive comic strip. The strip, written especially for Royal Mail is featured in the Presentation Pack. The story focuses on Dennis’s birthday celebrations and includes a brief ‘history of Menaces’. The light-hearted episodes end with a birthday surprise, with the final comic strip frame revealing the four new stamps.

Natasha Ayivor, Royal Mail said: ”For seven decades Dennis has been entertaining children by getting into all manner of mischief and mayhem. Generations have experienced the excitement and anticipation of reading about Dennis’s latest prank. Royal Mail is delighted to be honouring Dennis and Gnasher with a set of stamps as the ultimate birthday present.”

Mike Stirling, Editorial Director of Beano Studios said: “Dennis has stamped his personality across first class laughs and mischief for generations of children. We believe everyone has a little bit of the Dennis spirit within them, so can’t wait for fans big and small to take delivery of this amazing piece of Dennis history. This incredible stamp collection really pushes the envelope of philately flattery for our hero.”

Royal Mail collaborated with Beano Studios on selecting all the stamps and associated imagery featured in the issue.

Dennis through the years:

Dennis – ‘the world’s wildest boy’ – was first brought to life in a pencil sketch on the back of a cigarette packet in January 1951. Seventy years later, his mischievous pranks and cheeky grin have not only earned him a place in the hearts of readers of all ages but also ensured that he remains one of Beano’s most famous creations.

Dennis made his first appeared in issue no. 452 of Beano, dated 17 March 1951. It would be another few weeks before he donned his legendary red and black striped jumper, but in this half-page strip, illustrated by artist David Law, readers were offered their first glimpse of the cheeky schoolboy in action as he ignored signs to ‘keep off the grass’ at a local park with hilarious results.

Prior to 1954, Dennis’s strip appeared either in black and white – as per his very first appearance – or supplemented with red, but in February of that year, ‘the world’s wildest boy’ went on his first full-colour adventure on Beanos back page. Of course, full colour only heightened the mischief, and as Dennis embarked on a day of trainspotting, he not only tricked the train station staff to get onto the platform but ultimately found himself driving the train.

In August 1968, Dennis’s life changed forever when he met a stray Abyssinian wire-haired tripe hound whom he decided to name Gnasher. In the first story featuring the now infamous duo, Gnasher proved that he was just as much of a prankster as his human pal when he swiped a bone from one of the ‘pampered pooches’ at a local dog show – and a fight ensued. Gnasher would go on to star in his own strip from 1977.

After 26 years on the cover of Beano, Biffo the Bear was finally ousted from the front page by Dennis in September 1974. It was a change that had been hinted at two years previously, when Dennis announced his desire to star on the front cover while featuring in a Biffo strip, and it is one that, over the years, has proved incredibly successful – Dennis has appeared on the front cover of almost every issue of the Beano since.

Dennis first met his porcine chum Rasher in May 1979, when he spotted the ‘fine porker’ jumping on his trough at Wurzle Farm. After Dennis agreed to take Rasher off the farmer’s hands, the pig further endeared himself to Dennis when they ran into Walter Brown and he pushed over Dennis’s arch-nemesis, breaking his piggy bank. In 1984, thanks to his popularity with readers, Rasher was given his own strip, which ran regularly in Beano until 1988.

Shortly after Beano celebrated its 60th anniversary in 1998, Dennis’s mum and dad had a big surprise in store for Dennis: his mum was pregnant! In the 19 September issue, Dennis’s little sister – Bea – arrived. Although Dennis was initially hesitant at the prospect of having a girl in the family, it turned out that Bea was not unlike her big brother when it came to causing mischief.

In May 2015, Dennis fans were left gobsmacked when Beano revealed that Dennis’s dad was in fact Dennis 30 years earlier. In the strip, footage was unearthed of Dennis Senior as a boy in which the youngster – dressed as Dennis from older editions of the comic – could be seen engaging in a variety of pranks that, in the present, suitably impressed his young son.

The stamps and range of collectible products are available from here.