NEWS­PA­PER OF THE YEAR

Bril­liant ex­clu­sives and in­ves­ti­ga­tions scoop award

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

YOUR Sun­day Mir­ror has been hon­oured with jour­nal­ism’s top award – Sun­day News­pa­per of the Year.

Lon­don Press Club judges recog­nised our bril­liant agenda-set­ting in­ves­ti­ga­tions, tire­less cam­paign­ing and world-beat­ing scoops.

We beat strong con­tenders The Sun­day Times and The Ob­server to meet the gold stan­dard for the best in Bri­tish news­pa­pers.

Judges were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with Se­nior Fea­ture Writer Geral­dine McKelvie and In­ves­ti­ga­tions Edi­tor Nick Som­mer­lad’s ex­cel­lent 18-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion into child sex abuse rings in Telford.

It led to an in­quiry into child sex­ual abuse in the town and a fresh ex­am­i­na­tion into why the au­thor­i­ties failed to in­ves­ti­gate thor­oughly.

Geral­dine said: “It is only thanks to the brav­ery of the sur­vivors of the Telford child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion scan­dal that we have been able to ex­pose both the wide­spread abuse and the shock­ing re­sponse of the au­thor­i­ties who turned a blind eye.”

Judges also praised our pow­er­ful Time To Change cam­paign, to im­prove the treat­ment of peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems.

Su­perbly driven by Deputy Edi­tor Nick Owens and sup­ported by celebri­ties in­clud­ing Frank Bruno, it has been backed by more than 100,000 peo­ple.

Among other agenda-set­ters, Tory Min­is­ter An­drew Grif­fiths was forced to re­sign af­ter we ex­posed him as a sex pest who sent more than 2,000 ex­plicit texts to a young bar­maid and her friend.

Prince Philip’s crash vic­tim, mum Emma Fair­weather, re­vealed ex­clu­sively how she had been left in­jured and he hadn’t even said sorry.

He wrote to apol­o­gise the next day – and gave up his li­cence.

And re­porter Pa­trick Hill re­vealed how Rus­sian novi­chok vic­tim Char­lie Row­ley had fought for his life and later met the Rus­sian am­bas­sador to de­mand an­swers af­ter part­ner Dawn Sturgess died.

News­reader Kate Sil­ver­ton pre­sented the award to Geral­dine, Sun­day Mir­ror Edi­tor Peter Wil­lis and Paul Hen­der­son, who edited for eight months last year.

She said: “The Sun­day Mir­ror out­shone its ri­vals with a se­ries of suc­cesses.”

Paul said: “The Sun­day Mir­ror’s big heart is un­matched ev­ery week.

“Our bril­liant jour­nal­ists care about the read­ers, they give you a voice on the great is­sues af­fect­ing your lives and, through in­ves­tiga­tive, cam­paign­ing jour­nal­ism, ex­pose those who prey on the vul­ner­a­ble.

“That’s why our Telford child abuse ex­pose was at the fore­front of the Sun­day Mir­ror win­ning.”

Oth­ers hon­oured in­cluded Sir David At­ten­bor­ough and BBC Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor Laura Kuenss­berg.

With the best sports, news, pol­i­tics and show­busi­ness cov­er­age, our bril­liant mag­a­zine Notebook and colum­nists in­clud­ing Saira Khan, Nigel Nel­son, Martin Lewis, Andy Dunn and Robbie Fowler, the Sun­day Mir­ror is the

com­plete pack­age.

SHOCK­ING Our 18-month probe into the Telford child abuse hor­ror

HARD HIT­TING We ex­pose ter­ri­ble fail­ures of the po­lice and au­thor­i­ties

SEN­SA­TIONAL We un­cover Tory min­is­ter’s de­bauched sex se­crets

POW­ER­FUL Heavy­weight Frank backs Time to Change cam­paign

HAR­ROW­ING Ex­clu­sive from brave vic­tim of Rus­sian poi­son scan­dal

LE­GAL VIC­TORY Fugi­tive tells us he will stop run­ning from jus­tice

ROYAL REV­E­LA­TIONS The prince un­veils am­bi­tion on our front page

DRIV­ING FORCE We were first to track down royal road crash vic­tim

TOP JOB Geral­dine

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