Your Whitby Gazette has been crowned the best weekly newspaper in Yorkshire and the Humber at a glamorous awards night in Leeds.
The title scooped the top gong for its dynamic package of news and pictures in an event attended by more than 200 journalists and media executives and hosted by BBC TV presenter Louise Minchin.
The judges were impressed with the Gazette's handling of the big stories including the town centre floods, the Magpie blazes and its spotlights on the more unusual news features about the area such as the ceremony of the Penny Hedge, the museum exhibit of the week page and how Whitby set the date of Easter.
They were also impressed with the Gazette's introduction of a memorial award following the deaths of two young men on a boat in the harbour, the 'Why I Love Whitby' spotlight and the improved sports and nostalgia coverage.
Gazette reporter Sam Jones made it a great double for the paper - he was highly-commended in the Young Journalist category for the range of his coverage, including the Magpie drama and his wide range of news and features each week.
Fellow reporter Duncan Atkins, said he was delighted to see the paper's first major independent award.
Editor Ed Asquith said: "Thank you to our readers and contributors for supporting the Gazette so strongly and consistently; we have been among the best performing papers in Yorkshire for some time, and to be named the best weekly newspaper in the region is another feather in the cap for Whitby.
"We put a lot of effort into bringing you the most comprehensive news, community, features and sport coverage that we can each week, and daily online, and it is great to share the success with you."
The Gazette's sister papers, last year's winner The Scarborough News and also the Bridlington Free Press were also shortlisted in the same top title category.
Broadcasters Selina Scott and Alistair Stewart announced award winners alongside members of the Yorkshire public who had featured in the media through the year.
Guests also included Jenny Newby and Lee Riley, the Hull based stars of Channel 4’s hit show Gogglebox and Laura Norton and Isabel Hodgins of ITV’s Emmerdale.
The O2 Media Awards are the biggest regional media awards in the UK. “The O2 Awards celebrate the very best of media talent across Yorkshire and this year the standard has been exceptional,” said Nicola Green, Director of Communications and Reputation at O2.
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