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Congratulations!

Wales Media Awards 2017 Winners

Thanks to everyone who attended the Wales Media Awards 2017 and made it such a great night celebrating quality journalism in Wales.

Many congratulations to the winners in all the hard-fought categories:

 

News Photographer
Sponsored by Specialist Models

Gareth Everett
Huw Evans Picture Agency

 Gareth’s work drew praise from the judges for his broad
range of technical and creative skills in a variety of situations. They said he
clearly thinks about how to tell a story and has an ability to make his work
thought provoking too. His wristband photograph was singled out as a really
memorable image, powerful in its simplicity and yet with so much in it.

 

Camera Operator
Sponsored by Celf Creative

Dai Baker
ITN

 A very impressive entry, said the
judges. This is the work of someone who understands the stories being told and
the people doing the telling. Dai’s camerawork is always empathetic and
sensitive, never intrusive, they said. There is a fantastic documentary feel to
the shooting and editing, lifting the camerawork well above the level of
day-to-today news coverage.

  

Radio News & Current Affairs
Sponsored by Camelot

Sunday Supplement
BBC Cymru Wales

 Here is a presenter and
journalist on top of his game, said the judges of Vaughan Roderick in their
commentary on Sunday Supplement’s submissions. The programme is proof that an
excellent production team with a talented and experienced journalist and
presenter can really make politics interesting and engaging, they said. It’s a
high-quality programme which has a clarity of purpose that is much-needed by
Wales in these turbulent political times. 

 

TV News & Current Affairs
Sponsored by Camelot

Living with Dementia : Chris’ Story
BBC Cymru Wales

 This is one of the most powerful
pieces of TV journalism I have seen for a long time - well structured,
informative, emotional, personal and yet strangely enlightening, said one of
the judges. Brilliantly documented, this very powerful programme creates an
unforgettably moving experience for the viewer, and an incredible insight into
the disease and its effect. A credit to all concerned.

  

Independent Community News Service
Sponsored by Mercure and M Gallery Hotels UK

Caerphilly Observer

 Judges were impressed with the
Caerphilly Observer for the third year running. A fantastic example of local
news coverage, strong stories, balanced coverage, editorial strength on slim
resources, they said. The election special was ambitious, thorough and very
good. A shining example of a great local newspaper.

 

 News Website
Sponsored by Spencer David

Wales Online

 The judges said Wales Online had
built more than a commanding position ... it was at present unassailable. They
have crossed the bridge to an online first, mobile, social-focused world and
they've built a castle. It’s an
excellent all-round news site which looks modern and interactive and crucially
has the stories to back it up, they said - a site for Wales which has a big
profile across the UK. 

 

 Weekly Newspaper
Sponsored by Western Power Distribution

Western Telegraph

 The Western Telegraph provides up to 120 pages of news and sport to the people of
Pembrokeshire each week, making it an authoritative voice throughout the
county. Theirs was the stand-out entry in
this category, said the judges - a lively newspaper with a great mix of
community content and hard news with a strong campaigning voice.

 

 

Daily & Sunday Newspaper
Sponsored by Western Power Distribution

Daily Post

 A must read, said the judges. The
Post is packed with news, lots of exclusives and clever headlines which draw
the reader in. It’s sharp and bright with great use of pictures and punchy
headlines and isn’t afraid to use humour to make a point. Any reader from North
Wales or elsewhere will be left in no doubt that the region it covers has a
singular and important status within Wales.




Student Journalist
Sponsored by NUJ

Lonai-Ronahi-Hasan
University of South Wales

The first-hand
knowledge of Syria, her people and way of life colours the piece and offers a
sobering perspective to the story, said the judges. It would fit well into any
major national or international publication, and lends insight into both the
day-to-day horrors of life in Kobani, and the terrible changes wrought in
normal people's lives. This is a super piece of journalism. Well done.

 

Young Journalist
Sponsored by Aston Martin

Owen Evans
Flintshire Leader

 Owen’s trio of stories is of an
exceptional standard and shows maturity beyond the years of a young reporter,
said the judges. He demonstrates the qualities of a potentially outstanding
young journalist, using the FOI effectively to find relevant and important stories
that are in the public interest. All in all a stand out entry.

 


Sports Journalist
Sponsored by Cleartech Live

Chris Wathan
Media Wales

Three contrasting pieces but all excellently
written …… the depth and breadth of these entries stands out, said the judges.
Chris knows how to grab the attention of the reader with his punchy openings
and beautiful writing. All in all, very good reporting and story-telling.



Feature Writer
Sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University

Steve Duffy
BBC Wales News Website

 Steve’s series reflecting
on 25 years since the closure of Maerdy colliery was variously
described by judges as “a particularly powerful and
attention grabbing series”, “a major piece of journalism,” and “social history
at its best.” He produced a riveting account of how a community has fought back
after mining ended, they said.

 

 Business Journalist
Sponsored by Welsh Government

Mark Blayney Stuart
Wales Business Insider

 Mark's pieces were well-researched
and thorough, said the judges, who called them detailed and engaging articles,
packed with information. They
said his 'gregarious'
interview style shone through in his writing, and one complimented the way he
made 'dry' subjects like uPVC cable trunking interesting!

  

Political Journalist
Sponsored by Freshwater

Nick Servini
BBC Cymru Wales

 Judges were complimentary about
Nick’s “clear, balanced and authoritative political reporting”. They said he
has an engaging style and delivers his political reports with authority and
energy, covering issues with knowledge and flair.

 
 
Online News Reporter
Sponsored by Comtek Sorrento Network

Sarah Louise Hodgson
Daily Post

Judges called this a very strong
entry, and said Sarah had a good eye for the human and offbeat angle. They
complimented her on making, developing and maintaining relationships that bore
fruit with some excellent interviews. Her stories were well written and
presented, they said, and made good use of the potential of the online
platform.

 

Radio News Reporter
Sponsored by Comtek Sorrento Network

Steffan Messenger
BBC Cymru Wales

 Steffan produces well-crafted
items – they are well researched, original stories with good interviews, said
the judges - engaging and thoughtful submissions. All three pieces are
excellently produced with great use of interviews and sounds effects to bring
the packages alive. His piece seeing Wales' Euro 2016
odyssey through the eyes and voices of children was inspired, said one judge.

 

TV News Reporter
Sponsored by Comtek Sorrento Network

Andy Davies
ITN/Channel 4

 Judges’ praise for Andy’s work
was fulsome……outstanding examples of powerful broadcast news journalism……a
class act…… Insightful, engaging, human…..were just some of the comments. Andy
is a first class storyteller, said one. These are three examples of how to open
new doors onto ongoing stories. He manages to find compelling human interest
angles and clearly has a way of encouraging his interviewees to deliver natural
and heartfelt content.



Print News Reporter
Sponsored by Comtek Sorrento Network

Gemma Parry
South Wales Evening Post

 Gemma was praised by the judges
for being a reporter that went that extra mile, producing the startling
revelation about the probable use of Chinese steel in the Port Talbot turbines.
They also liked her human interest story on the potential suicide - a good
interview, they said.


 
Scoop
Sponsored by The Journalists’ Charity

Rob Osborne
ITV Cymru Wales

 Judges were united in calling
Rob’s entry “outstanding”. An incredibly moving and well-handled report, they
said. It says a lot that the family trusted Rob's integrity to produce such
sensitive work. The piece also tackled the ethical and legal issues, without
losing sight of Jackie, the real person.




Journalist of the Year 2017

Rob Osbourne

ITV Cymru Wales 



Outstanding Contribution

Vincent Kane



Re-live the night in
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The Wales Media Awards 2016



The Wales Media Awards categories and their sponsors are:


Business Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: Welsh Government
Newspaper of the Year (Daily/Sunday)
Sponsor: Western Power Distribution
Camera Operator of the Year
Sponsor: Celf
Newspaper of the Year (Weekly)
Sponsor: Western Power Distribution
Independent Community News Service of the Year
Sponsor: Mercure and M Gallery Hotels UK
Political Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: Freshwater 
Feature Writer of the Year
Sponsor: Cardiff Metropolitan University
Radio News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year
Sponsor: Camelot
News Photographer of the Year
Sponsor: Specialist Models
Scoop of the Year
Sponsor: The Journalists' Charity
News Reporter of the Year (Online)
Sponsor: Comtek
Sports Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: Cleartech Live
News Reporter of the Year (Print)
Sponsor: Comtek
Student Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: NUJ 
News Reporter of the Year (Radio)
Sponsor: Comtek
TV News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year
Sponsor: Camelot
News Reporter of the Year (TV)
Sponsor: Comtek
Young Journalist of the Year
Sponsor: Aston Martin
News Website of the Year
Sponsor: Spencer David


Awards will also be made by the judges for Journalist of the Year and for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism, and cannot be entered.


Awards open for entries
 5 October 2016
Closing date for entries
5pm on Friday 11 November 2016
Eligible work
Anything published or broadcast between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016
Shortlists
To be announced in February 2017
Eligible work – students only
Anything published or broadcast between 1 March 2015 and 31 July 2016
Awards Evening Tickets
Available February 2017

Gala Awards Evening
Friday 31 March, 2017, Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff

 

What they said about the 2016 Awards…

Wales can be proud of its brilliant journalists and robust, ethical journalism is a force for good. Every day journalists in Wales represent the interests of citizens and reveal stories that are in the public interest. These awards give us an opportunity to celebrate the work of stars and unsung heroes.

Jonathan Grun, chair of judges

Click here to hear Jonathan talking about the Awards and what judges will be looking for.

 

It was an incredibly proud night for me and the Cambrian News. To win as a reporter for a weekly newspaper competing against journalists from national and daily publications across the country was an honour I never thought I would receive.

I know there are many talented journalists across Wales who serve their communities, both large and small, with just as much passion, pride, and dedication. I would encourage those journalists who are rightly proud of the work they produce to enter the Wales Media Awards 2017.

Chris Betteley, reporter, Cambrian News
Print News Reporter of the Year, Political Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year 2016

 

Richard Gurner
Editor, Caerphilly Observer

Independent Community News Service of the Year 2015 and 2016 and Scoop of the Year 2015.

Click here to hear Richard talking about what the Observer winning the Awards meant to him.

 

 

The awards were a wonderful evening, spent in the company of so many great journalists from across Wales. And having handed out so many awards over the years, it was a great feeling to actually win something myself for a change!

As a profession we can be cynical, and rightly so at times, but these awards are all about celebrating the very best in our great industry. But you 'have to be in it to win it', so get your nominations in now for the 2017 Awards.

Sion Barry, Business Editor, Western Mail
Business Journalist of the Year 2016

For details on each category and their criteria, please click here.
Entries can be only be submitted from this website – please click here to enter.
Good luck!

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