The Citizen is named Daily Newspaper of the Year
THE CITIZEN was named Daily Newspaper of the Year at the EDF Energy South West Media Awards yesterday.
Reporter Nick Webster and sports journalist Nick Purewal also picked up honours at the ceremony at Bath's National Trust Assembly Rooms.
The Citizen was chosen as winner for its coverage of three major stories – last summer's riots in Barton and Tredworth, the Royal Wedding and Adrian Prout's confession over the murder of wife Kate.
The special edition of the Weekend Citizen for last summer's Royal Wedding was packed with pictures of communities celebrating the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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The judges said that the riots coverage in particular was "meticulous journalism", with a massive reader response, complete with reader pictures and online comment.
The newspaper fought off competition from fellow regional dailies the Bristol Evening Post,Western Morning News and Swindon Advertiser to pick up the award.
Rugby reporter Nick Purewal picked up the title of Sports Journalist of the Year.
The judges said: "His prose would draw in any reader regardless of whether they were interested in the sport or not."
Nick Webster was named Newcomer of the Year for his role at the Western Gazette.
He joined The Citizen from sister newspaper the Gazette, in Somerset, in April. Joyce Matthews was shortlisted in the Designer of the Year category but was beaten on the day by the Bristol Evening Post.
Citizen editor Ian Mean said of Nick Purewal: "Nick has brought a new dimension to our reporting of Gloucester Rugby, which is so important to both The Citizen and our sister newspaper, the Gloucestershire Echo.
"He has a gift of writing about his subject with real knowledge gained from building good relationships with players.
"He is not afraid to write exactly what our readers are thinking."
He added: "I am extremely proud of my team of journalists at The Citizen for winning this award.
"We have some of the most talented people in regional journalism, and I believe their quality does shine through every day.
"But while I am proud of my journalists, The Citizen is privileged to have a great, loyal readership which supports us – this award is for them too."