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Top prizes for the coverage of City’s historic cup run and photographer
From left: City reporter Simon Parker, sports editor Blake Richardson and deputy editor Damian Holmes collect the award for Specialist Publication of the Year
The Telegraph & Argus enjoyed a double triumph at this year’s O2 Media Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of regional journalism.
The T&A’s extensive coverage of Bradford City’s giant-killing feats in last season’s Capital One Cup campaign won the newspaper the Specialist Publication of the Year award.
Meanwhile, T&A snapper Andy Garbutt was named Photographer of the Year, an award he shared with Stephen Garnett, photographer for the T&A’s sister paper, the Craven Herald.
Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson announced the T&A win and said the editorial team’s coverage of the historic cup run had been “superb”.
City supporters Dom Newton-Collinge and Tom Fletcher, who run Bantams Banter podcast, presented the award.
The judges said: “The T&A rode the wave of Bradford City’s remarkable cup run all the way to Wembley. The feat in journalistic terms was almost as good as City’s giant-killing efforts over their Premier League opponents.
“Judges were impressed by the way the whole newspaper team got behind the series of five special editions despite challenging deadlines and the dilemma of not knowing what the next fixture might bring… a superb effort that was well received by readers, advertisers and the wider community.”
The T&A was also runner-up in Editorial Team of the Year category, with the judges stating that the paper “went to town when their giant-killing football club refused to be beaten – even by Premier League opposition.
“Every department in the newspaper joined in to maximise coverage, seizing every opportunity to boost sales… even the Dalai Lama was involved – sending a good luck message to the team through the newspaper.”
The T&A’s David Barnett was runner-up in the Feature Writer of the Year category, with the panel describing his portfolio as a “joy to read.”
The judges added: “Well-crafted background features plotting Bradford’s demise as an economic hub coupled with witty, engaging columns that made even the most mundane subjects utterly readable.
“They loved his first-person piece on renowned magician Dynamo and tongue-in-cheek look at the Bradford Batman, a real-life caped crusader who handed over a wanted criminal to Bradford police. A brilliant all-rounder.”
Celebrity guests at the awards included Emmerdale actor Nicola Wheeler and cricket legend Dickie Bird.
Former Bradford Council leader and now Local Communities Minister Eric Pickles told the 170-strong audience of journalists and guests: “The local media is the lifeblood of our communities.”