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HoldtheFrontPage: Southern Daily Echo wins regional Newspaper of the Year award

Southampton paper the Southern Daily Echo took home the Daily Newspaper of the Year award from last night’s 2011 EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards, HoldtheFrontPage reports.

The Newsquest-owned Echo took home three awards, but Johnston Press daily the News, based in Portsmouth, took away the most prizes, scooping four on the night.

HoldtheFrontPage has the full list of winners named at the ceremony at Lord’s Cricket Ground, as listed below:

Newcomer of the Year: Nikki Jarvis, Croydon Advertiser

Environmental Journalist of the Year: Charlotte Wilkins, ITV Meridian

Business Journalist of the Year: Emma Judd, The News, Portsmouth

News Photographer of the Year: Terry Applin, The Argus

Sports Journalist of the Year: Jordan Cross, The News, Portsmouth

Feature Writer of the Year: Sarah Foster, The News, Portsmouth

Columnist of the Year: Louise Ford, Kent and Sussex Courier

Designer of the Year: Graeme Windell, The News, Portsmouth

Radio Journalist of the Year: Julia George, BBC Radio Kent

Television Journalist of the Year: Andrew Pate, ITV Meridian

Weekly Print Journalist of the Year: Gareth Davies, Croydon Advertiser

Daily Print Journalist of the Year: Jenny Makin, Southern Daily Echo

Website of the Year: Getreading.co.uk

Community Campaign of the Year: Southern Daily Echo – Have a Heart

Front Page of the Year: Faversham News – Murdered teenager discovered by side of road

Radio news or current affairs programme of the year: Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Kent

Television news or current affairs programme of the year: ITV Meridian – Turner Contemporary Opens.

Free Weekly Newspaper of the Year: The Wokingham Times

Paid for Weekly Newspaper of the Year: Kent and Sussex Courier

Daily Newspaper of the Year: Southern Daily Echo

The First Post: ‘The BBC is not impartial’

The First Post has published an article from ‘Newspeak in the 21st Century’ by David Edwards and David Cromwell (editors of the UK-based website Media Lens). The BBC is not impartial, independent, nor even particularly truthful, they argue. An extract from the extract:

“[B]y what right does the BBC airbrush from reality the swath of informed public opinion that sees the invasion as a crime, rather than as a mistake? By what right does it declare this framing of the topic ‘impartial’, ‘balanced’, ‘objective’ reporting?

“While working as the BBC’s political editor, Andrew Marr, declared: “When I joined the BBC, my Organs of Opinion were formally removed.”

“And yet, as Baghdad fell to American tanks, Marr, reporting on the News at Ten on April 9, 2003, said of Tony Blair: “He said that they would be able to take Baghdad without a bloodbath, and that in the end the Iraqis would be celebrating. And on both of those points he has been proved conclusively right. And it would be entirely ungracious, even for his critics, not to acknowledge that tonight he stands as a larger man and a stronger prime minister as a result.””

Full article at this link…

Related: Journalism in Crisis 09: ‘Recognising one’s subjectivity allows one to be fair’ Ivor Gaber tells conference (19/05/09)

A reminder of the ‘perils of reporting’ in Pakistan

On Monday, Shamshad TV reporter, Janullah Hashimzada, was killed in Pakistan.

The murder of the Afghan journalist is a reminder of the very real threat that faces journalists in the region, said the International Press Institute.

Janullah Hashimzada was travelling by mini-bus near the Pakistani town of Jamrud in the Khyber tribal district when the vehicle was intercepted. Assailants fired at Janullah, killing him and seriously injuring his colleague Ali Khan. No one has claimed responsibility for the killing so far.

“Hashimzada was murdered in cold blood because he dared to exercise the profession of journalist, and knew too much,” said IPI director, David Dadge. “His death underscores the perils of reporting from such a dangerous part of the world for journalists.”

Other casualties this year include:

  • Muhammad Imran, a trainee cameraman with Express TV and Saleem Tahir Awan, a freelance reporter with the local dailies Eitedal and Apna Akhbar, were both killed on January 4, when a suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the Government Polytechnic College in Dera Ismail Khan in the Northwest Frontier Province.
  • Musa Khankhel, a reporter for Geo TV and the English-language newspaper The News, was shot dead on February 18,  while on assignment covering a peace march led by Muslim cleric Sufi Muhammad in the Swat valley.
  • Sadiq Bacha Khan, Aaj TV correspondent was gunned down, on August 17 in broad daylight in the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan.

103 cases of ‘intimidation or threats’ against journalists were recorded from May 2008 through May 2009, according to a report by the Pakistani media research group Intermedia. Numbers of deaths vary according to the source: while Intermedia reports 15 in the last year, IPI’s Death Watch said that 11 journalists have been killed in the last two years.

SND.org: World’s Best Design Awards for five papers

“In its 30th annual ‘The Best of Newspaper Design™ Creative Competition,’ the Society for News Design has named four newspapers from Europe and one from Mexico as ‘World’s Best-Designed Newspapers,™” the organisation’s website reports.

This year’s SND30 five top ‘World’s Best-Designed Newspapers™’ are:

  • Akzia, Moscow, Russia, biweekly, circulation 200,000
  • Eleftheros Tipos, Athens, Greece, daily, circulation, 86,000
  • Expresso, Paço de Arcos, Portugal, weekly, circulation 120,000
  • The News, Mexico City, daily, circulation 10,000
  • Welt am Sonntag, Berlin, weekly, 400,000

Full story at this link…

News-Record.com: Why this newspaper editor is staying put

Editor of the News & Record, John Robinson, says that he is often asked why he is not taking up the generous severance package.

“The easy answer is also the true answer: I love what we do. If you believe, as I do, that the purpose of journalism is to provide people with the information they need to be free and self-governing then no other job will do,” he writes.