The Times takes home the award for Daily Newspaper of the Year, with The Sunday Times winning the Sunday Newspaper of the Year title at this week’s National Press Awards 2018.
Judges at the Society of Editors’ Press Awards praised The Times and The Sunday Times for their digital subscription models and high-quality news investigations. They said of The Times: “This year’s winner snatched headline stories of around-the-world news; its investigation into Oxfam’s sexual exploitation of Haiti earthquake victims was immensely powerful. Other investigations revealing the scale of the violent crime epidemic and how the Home Office turned a blind eye to forced marriages helped the paper over the 500,000 digital subscribers’ line.”
The Times was also awarded ‘Scoop of the Year’ for its investigation into Oxfam staff paying Haiti survivors for sex.
The Sun was given the award for best news website. Judges commended its ability to attract and retain audiences, as well as “serious investigations into terrorism and bowel cancer”. The newsbrand also picked Popular Scoop of the Year for ‘My Babs has Alzheimer’s’.
Other big winners were the Daily Mirror who won the prestigious Chairman’s Award for its campaign ‘Change the Law of Life’, with Chairman of the judges Ian Murray saying: “Over the space of three years, the paper brought the subject of organ donation to the forefront of the national agenda, winning over not just readers and the public to their cause but the politicians and experts they needed to ensure Max’s Law became a reality”.
The Cudlipp Award for Campaign of the Year went to The Guardian for its Windrush investigation and The Observer won Investigation of the Year for its Cambridge Analytica Files exposé.
The Telegraph won Front Page of the Year for its front-page silhouette on ‘The British #MeToo Scandal’.
On the night, Society of Editors executive director Ian Murray commented: “A reading of the record number of entries for this year’s awards – and I have seen them all – should be mandatory for our political class and those who would ever seek to decry the industry’s achievements and contribution to the lives of the British people and those who watch our industry from afar.”
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Source: Society of Editors