A golden day for Journal at top awards

THE Journal has been praised for the second day in a row after winning no fewer than 13 national awards.

THE Journal has been praised for the second day in a row after winning no fewer than 13 national awards.

Heather Spacey

The Newspaper Society held its annual Advertising and Digital Media Awards on Wednesday night and The Journal’s parent company was named the best in the industry for 2007, scooping gold in the Advertising Publishing Centre of the Year category.

Seven of the awards were handed to The Journal newspaper itself, and the latest news comes just a day after regional development chiefs hailed the paper’s support of major North-East bank Northern Rock.

The accolades were granted for a range of media, including individual publications, corporate events and single advertisements.

Managing Director of ncjMedia Steve Brown said: “We did really well across a number of categories and such was our success that we were named the Advertising Publishing Centre of the Year.

“It means ncjMedia is recognised as the best in the industry for 2007. What strikes you about the list of awards is the range of activities and products for which we have been recognised.

“People from right across the company contributed to these initiatives, and I view this success as an endorsement and achievement for the whole company.”

The most successful category for The Journal was the Newspaper-Initiated Event of the Year, in which the newspaper won all three commendations, a gold for its Homemaker Exhibition, a silver for The Journal and Evening Gazette Schools Awards and a Bronze for The Journal Culture Awards 2006.

Head of Events Joanne Fenwick said she felt all three events were worthy winners, but added that winning all three was a remarkable achievement for the team.

She said: “It’s incredible to have won one award, never mind all three and it’s absolutely brilliant. The Homemaker Exhibition was over 12 months in the planning, so to have such high recognition for all the hard work everyone put in is fantastic.

“We are now hoping to match the success next year.”

And one individual marked out for her personal contribution to the company’s advertising was ncjMedia’s Heather Spacey, 38, of Chapel Garth, Sunderland, who received the bronze award in the Advertising Executive of the Year category.

She said: “I’m absolutely delighted and stunned, but it’s a huge honour and I’m over the moon at the recognition.

“I love my job, which I think helps, and like to think I give 200% every day.”

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Winners

THE full list of awards won by The Journal and it’s parent company ncjMedia in the 2007 awards is as follows:

Advertisement of the Year – Motors

Silver – Formula One

Advertisement of the Year – Property

Gold – Fine and Country

Classified Section of the Year

Bronze – ncjMedia EasyAds 123

Niche Publication of the Year

Bronze – ncjMedia North-East Exclusive

Niche Website of the Year

Bronze – ncjMedia nebusiness.co.uk

In-House Studio of the Year

Bronze – ncjMedia

Newspaper-Initiated Event of the Year

Gold – The Journal and Evening Gazette Homemaker Exhibition

Silver – The Journal and Evening Gazette Schools Awards

Bronze – The Journal Culture Awards 2006

Client Sponsorship Package of the Year

Gold – The Journal and Evening Gazette Homemaker Exhibition

Alternative Advertisement Revenue Stream of the Year

Gold – The Journal Culture

Advertising Sales Executive of the Year

Bronze – ncjMedia’s Heather Spacey

Advertising Publishing Centre of the Year

Gold – ncjMedia

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer