THE GAZETTE’S editorial team was highly commended at an awards ceremony last week that saw them pitted against media organisations in radio, television and print.
The O2 Media Awards for Yorkshire and Humber were held at York Racecourse last Thursday (14 July) and the Gazette was a runner-up in the Editorial Team of the Year category.
Reporter Karl Hansell was also awarded the Young Journalist of the Year (Weeklies) prize.
Awards supporter Sir Michael Parkinson, who worked on local newspapers in Yorkshire, commended regional journalists for their work in keeping communities informed and entertained.
Introducing the Young Journalist of the Year categories he told guests: “This is a job that’s hard work and far from glamorous, but it is a job that can be extremely rewarding.”
A total of 17 awards were presented to media teams working on newspapers, radio, television and online publications.
Now in their third year, the O2 awards are a celebration of excellence in regional journalism.
The judges said: “Karl is a young journalist who demonstrates a real eye for a news line.
“His portfolio included both light-hearted and serious stories but all the articles were well thought out.”
The Whitby editorial team were shortlisted with news teams from BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Look North, and were pipped to the post by the radio team.
The judges said: “What a cracking paper the Whitby Gazette is.
“This is a newspaper that lives and breathes its community.
“It punches well above its weight and the small team are fearless when it comes to challenging issues that need to be challenged. “Its campaign to save Whitby’s fishing fleet literally went around the world gathering thousands of signatures in support.
“A great local paper that is maintaining standards in difficult economic times.”
Editor Jon Stokoe said: “I am delighted for the team as our highly commended award is a pat on the back for the enthusiasm and dedication of my small but excellent team.”
Whitby-born ITV Yorkshire correspondent Jon Hill also received the TV Journalist of the Year award.