The MEN won three awards for its coverage of the arena attack and its aftermath. They won the Best Daily Newspaper prize, along with Best Editorial Print Team and the Online Journalism award which were handed out at a ceremony in Manchester last night.
The Best Daily Newspaper award was presented by Martin Hibbert, a survivor who was left paralysed by the 22nd May suicide bombing.
The judges said: “On the night of the Manchester attack, and in the four days that followed, the Manchester Evening News led the way. Its coverage was thorough, balanced and useful to everyone affected.
“There can be no higher compliment paid, other than to say that the paper and its website became the reference point of journalists from across the world
.“It had been an exceptional year for the Evening News. Its coverage of the Manchester bomb was unrivalled and it had also revealed the impact the drug known as Spice was having across the city. An excellent performance.
“In those dark hours that followed the terror attack at the Manchester Arena, the Evening News established its website as the “go-to” place for those wanting information, advice and support. It became the trusted site for millions in the immediate aftermath of the bomb.”
In addition a special O2 Journalism Award was presented to the MEN’s Jennifer Williams for her exclusive investigation into the use of the drug Spice in Manchester city centre.
The Liverpool Echo won two awards. In the Young Journalist (Print) category Tom Belger won and Ian Cooper won Image of the Year (Still) Photography.
There was also a winner from The Sentinel as Best Writer went to Richard Ault.