South Wales Echo
Echo team success at Wales Media Awards
THE South Wales Echo has been named Wales’ daily newspaper of the year for the second year running.
At a ceremony for the Wales Media Awards held on Friday, Media Wales – publisher of the Echo – enjoyed an extremely successful night.
In addition to the Echo’s win, retaining the crown which it won last year, reporter Will Hayward came away with four awards: feature writer of the year; newspaper journalist of the year; political journalist of the year; and the journalist of the year award.
And the Echo’s sister title, the Western Mail, enjoyed success with its Weekend magazine winning magazine of the year, and Sara Robinson winning columnist of the year.
In its praise for the Echo, the judging panel said: “It has an excellent range of content, mixing hard and lighter news items very effectively. What makes this paper stand out is its breadth of wellwritten stories while not being afraid to focus on key issues.”
Tryst Wiliams, editor of the South Wales Echo, said: “I’m honoured that the Echo has been recognised with this award for the second year in succession.
“It’s testament to the hard work everyone at the Echo team has put in over the past two years through the extraordinary challenges of the pandemic.
“It’s a privilege to work with such a talented and professional team across news, sports, features, photographic and the unsung stars of production, who all work so tirelessly every day to produce an awardwinning newspaper.
“Special congratulations must also go to Will Hayward for his magnificent and well-earned achievement in scooping four awards.”
The event, organised by The Journalists’ Charity and held at Cardiff’s Mercure Hotel, was hosted by news presenters Lucy Owen and Jonathan HIll.
It saw journalists from across Wales pay tribute to the work of reporters in war-torn Ukraine, and featured a special pre-recorded video address from one of the country’s top journalists, Vadym Karpiak, who hosts the political talk show Freedom of Speech.