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Your paper scoops awards.

Your Evening Gazette swept the board at a glittering awards ceremony to recognise North-east journalism.

The title was named North East Newspaper of the Year, a much coveted accolade awarded for quality, consistency, and outstanding performance.

The editorial team also won five other trophies at the 23rd Tom Cordner Transco North East Press Awards on Saturday night.

Chief Reporter Angus Hoy did a double, being named North East Journalist of the Year, and winning the Maurice Brady Award for Hard News.

Photographer Ian Cooper won Picture of the Year, Anthony Vickers was named Sports Writer of the Year, and our top subs team won the Splash Award for front/back page design.

Steve Dyson, editor of the Evening Gazette, said: "These awards were richly deserved by the top team of journalists we have at the Gazette.

"They are always striving for the best news coverage, the best sports stories, the best pictures, features and business news - and, of course, always put together by a team of sub editors who really push the boat out with some superb design work.

"I'm particularly pleased for the individuals' awards, highlighting that we currently have the very best news reporters, sports reporters, photographers and front page designers, all led by a great team of news editors, the sports editor, features editor, picture editor, business editor and production chiefs.

"But the main award, that of Newspaper of the Year, is also about everyone else who works at the Gazette.

"Yes, we have great journalists, but we also have a top print and production team who help to present the paper to the public, a cracking newspaper sales team who get the paper where it needs to be every day of the week, and an enthusiastic advertising team, who provide much of the revenue needed for such a large daily operation to excel the way it does.

"This award is also for them and every single person, including all the backroom support staff, who work at the Gazette.

"But most importantly, the Newspaper of the Year award belongs to our readers, all 180,000-plus of them, because the Gazette reflects their opinions, their news, their emotions, their ups and downs, and without the loyalty of their readership the paper wouldn't be half the organ it is."

Alastair MacColl, managing director of the Gazette Media Company, which publishes the newspaper, said: "I'm delighted at the success of the Evening Gazette.

"Our growing newspaper sales and readership figures already tell us that we have excellent journalists producing excellent newspapers.

"It's now great to have their peers acknowledging that in these prestigious awards."

Chairman of judges, Rod Sibbald, Scottish Media Group group picture editor, said: "The impressive range of newspaper and magazine work submitted for the Cordner Awards was proof that the North-east continues to be a potent force in UK journalism."

The Evening Gazette was shortlisted for many of the categories at the awards ceremony.

Narrowly pipped at the post was our business team, who were in the running for the Steve Jones Prize for community reporting.

Crime reporter Mike Underwood was shortlisted for the Jeremy Bennington Prize for Scoop of the Year; and photographers Peter Reimann, Doug Moody and Dave Charnley were among those shortlisted in the two photographic categories.

The Tom Cordner awards began as a tribute to the Hartlepool Mail's news editor who died at the early age of 38 in 1976.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 17, 2004
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