Highly Commended Prize for Bain in Regional Press Awards

The Herald's business writer, Simon Bain, has been awarded a highly commended runners-up prize in an annual competition celebrating the best of regional newspaper journalism.

At the Regional Press Awards – held earlier today – The Irish News picked up a hat-trick of prizes, including Regional Newspaper of the year and Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (circulation above 25,000). Its third title went to reporter, Allison Morris, who was named Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year.

Judges are reported to have described The Irish News as a “serious newspaper that was prepared to take a stance; a heavyweight title at the heart of one of the newsiest cities in the world”.

In the Young Journalist of the Year category – understood to have attracted the most entries – the Press and Journal's Ryan Crighton was also highly commended. The title went to Dan Warbuton of NCJ Media, Newcastle, for a portfolio that judges reportedly said “would make any national reporter proud”, including face-to-face interviews with allegedly some of Tyneside’s most notorious gangsters.

Bain finished runner up to the Birmingham Mail's Jon Griffin. 

Completing a trio of highly commended prizes for Scots entries was in the Campaign category, for the Greenock Telegraph's successful campaign to save a hospital tea bar from closure. 

The full of list of winners reads:

Young Journalist of the Year

Dan Warburton, NCJ Media

Highly commended: Ryan Crighton, The Press and Journal

Business and Finance Journalist of the Year

Jon Griffin, Birmingham Mail

Highly commended: Simon Bain, The Herald, Glasgow

Specialist Writer of the Year

Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life

Feature writer of the Year

Adam Wakelin, Leicester Mercury

Highly commended: Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph

Columnist of the Year

Colin Drury, The Star, Sheffield

Highly commended: John Connery, News Letter, Ulster

Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year

David Powell, North Devon Journal

Highly commended: Jon Colman, Cumberland News

Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

Jon Colman, News & Star

Highly commended: John Gibson, Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Weekly Photographer of the Year

Chris Gleave, Manchester Evening News Weekly Group

Daily/Sunday Photographer of the Year

Mark McCormick, Sunday Life

Highly Commended: Matthew Horwood, Media Wales

Designer of the Year

Ian Bond, Hull Daily Mail

Highly commended: Alan Formby-Jackson, Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough

Digital Innovation of the Year

Manchester Evening News, Police 24

Highly commended: NCJ Media, The Hunt for Raoul Moat

Special Supplement of the Year

Farewell to The Ark, The News, Portsmouth

Supplement of the Year

Banter, Bristol Evening Post

Weekly Reporter of the Year

Paul Francis, Kent Messenger

Highly Commended: Lui Straccia, Luton and Dunstable Express

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

Allison Morris, The Irish News

Highly commended: Ben Kendall, Eastern Daily Press

Front Page of the Year

Help Us Grow, Bristol Evening Post

Scoop of the Year

Jeanette Oldham, Sunday Mercury

Highly commended: Lui Straccia, Luton and Dunstable Express

Campaign of the Year

End the Indignity, Norwich Evening News

Highly commended: You Saved Tea Bar, Greenock Telegraph; Jet Set NHS, The Irish News

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (below 20,000)

Derry News

Highly commended: Ham & High

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (above 20,000)

Essex Chronicle

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (below 25,000)

News & Star, Carlisle

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (above 25,000)

The Irish News

Highly commended: Yorkshire Post

Regional Newspaper of the Year

The Irish News