EDP scoops prestigious East of England Media Award

EDF Energy East of England Media Awards (February 27, 2014). Archant Norfolk editor-in-chief Nigel Pickover, centre. EDF Energy East of England Media Awards (February 27, 2014). Archant Norfolk editor-in-chief Nigel Pickover, centre.

Friday, February 28, 2014
9:28 AM

The EDP is celebrating today after being named Daily Newspaper of the Year at a prestigious awards ceremony.

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And three of its journalists also scooped gongs in the East of England Media Awards organised by EDF Energy.

Of the newspaper of the year accolade, presented at Radisson Blu, Stansted, the judges said: “Always newsy, there are great front pages, strong photography and a high story count.

“From its Ambulance Watch campaign to the impactful vertical broadsheet front page as RAF Marham is declared the UK RAF fighter base HQ until 2040, you get the feeling that this is a title standing up for its readers – an authority in its own right. It is good on court cases and council matters, and there are plenty of features on important local topics. It is a paper with a genuine focus on what matters to its readers. It’s packed with news and views, and great writing.

Editor Nigel Pickover said: “This is an award for a superb team in the greatest patch of them all, Norfolk, North Suffolk and East Cambs.

“Generations of readers and advertisers have loved the EDP and our job is to keep that fine tradition alive.

“We’ll fight for our readers, as in Ambulance Watch and will be there in times of crisis.

“I have been honoured to help in the Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal now racing to the £230,000 mark – and we’ll be there until everyone is dry and home.”

Sports writer Michael Bailey won two gongs – Digital Journalist of the year and Sports Journalist of the Year, a stunning achievement which included praise for his work on Mustard TV.

Photographer of the year was named as Ian Burt, whose images, including a ‘My Daddy’ front page which captivated the judges.

Designer of the year award was won by Annette Hudson for the second year running. Judges said they were thrilled with her impressive portfolio.

Our sister paper, the Lowestoft Journal was named Weekly Newspaper of the Year, a tribute to the dedication of editor Max Bennett and his team.

The North Norfolk News was also shortlisted for this award.

Shortlisted journalists included photographers Bill Smith and Simon Finlay, writers Stacia Briggs and Rowan Mantell, health correspondent Adam Gretton for Ambulance Watch, public affairs correspondent Dan Grimmer for a stunning investigative portfolio and Peter Raven for Pink ‘Un and EDP24.

10 comments

  • Quite agree Janie and, as a matter of interest, how many daily papers are there in the East of England that would qualify for entry to this award? Excellent news about Ian Burt, well deserved!

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    Thoreauwasright

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Not wishing to belittle the award, but the standard of English and context could certainly do with improvement - there are numerous articles which are poorly written and don't appear to have been checked by a higher authority before release. I sometimes have to read and re-read the article and still don't quite get the drift.

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    JanieH

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • The EDP is a poor newspaper. Its spends too much time trying to be prove how "Norfolk!" it is, instead of providing in-depth national and international news. The quality of journalism is poor and there are too many basic grammatical errors. Its focus on Royals is sycophantic and totally nauseating. There is life beyond Norfolk so please report it.

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • The EDP is a poor newspaper. Its spends too much time trying to be prove how "Norfolk!" it is, instead of providing in-depth national and international news. The quality of journalism is poor and there are too many basic grammatical errors. Its focus on Royals is sycophantic and totally nauseating. There is life beyond Norfolk so please report it.

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • Not wishing to belittle the award, but the standard of English and context could certainly do with improvement - there are numerous articles which are poorly written and don't appear to have been checked by a higher authority before release. I sometimes have to read and re-read the article and still don't quite get the drift.

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    JanieH

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • JanieH. Also the biggest censors of free speech going.

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    "V"

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • I moved around the UK extensively during a 20 yr career in the armed forces, so I have read a fair representation of local rags in my time. Trust me .... The EDP is head and shoulders above the competition. Re-acquainting myself with the EDP was one of the small pleasures of returning to Norfolk when I rejoined civvy street.

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    Lucioperca

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • "....literally going down the pan....".....probably collapsing under the weight of those hundreds of troll accounts.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • The EDP is a poor newspaper. Its spends too much time trying to be prove how "Norfolk!" it is, instead of providing in-depth national and international news. The quality of journalism is poor and there are too many basic grammatical errors. Its focus on Royals is sycophantic and totally nauseating. There is life beyond Norfolk so please report it.

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    Toxteth O'Grady

    Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • As an reader of the EDP for over 50 years, I would beg to differ and in my opinion the paper is literally going down the pan.

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    Vic Sponge

    Friday, February 28, 2014

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