Wales Media Awards 2016: The Winners

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE WALES MEDIA AWARDS 2016!


News Photographer of the Year
Sponsored by Celf Creative
Winner
ROB BROWNE, MEDIA WALES

Rob Browne’s photos have a wow factor, said the judges, demonstrating a range of technical skills and a variety of approaches that show he has a strong editorial understanding of the story. One said: “These pictures connect the audience with the subject from the inside. They're photos you want to look at, that tell the story without words.”


Camera Operator of the Year
Sponsored by Specialist Models
Winner
DAI BAKER, CHANNEL 4 NEWS

Judges said Dai Baker’s work was technically strong, using a variety of shot sizes and moves that all complement each other and aid the story. “Dai is obviously very talented” said one. “He's clearly able in both considered situations in which he has time to set up, as well as when covering fast paced news – such as the fires. The way it was filmed really delivered the drama and impact of the event.”


Radio News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year
Sponsored by The Journalists’ Charity
Winner
MANYLU, BBC CYMRU WALES

Manylu’s remit is to take an investigative look at the contentious topics in Wales and beyond, and judges said it was doing everything right. Radio at its best, they said. Manylu airs stories which are absolutely right for the audience, each with loads of good witness interviews, and offering a good sense of place and community.


TV News & Current Affairs Programme of the Year
Sponsored by Spencer David
Winner
BBC CYMRU WALES, “THE LAST TOUR”

The judges said that BBC Cymru Wales’ “The Last Tour”, the final film in a series made over nine years by producer/director Gareth Jones, was a piece of serious, mature journalism. Gareth’s script is perceptive and insightful, they said, asking all the right questions about the ultimate success of fighting the War on Terror. It was a fantastic example of how backing for long-term projects can really pay off, and a testimony to the power of individual journalistic dedication.


Independent Community News Service of the Year
Presented by Wales Council for Voluntary Action
Winner
CAERPHILLY OBSERVER

A win for the second year in a row for Richard Gurner and his team at the Caerphilly Observer.  “You do journalism proud,” said the judges, “and are a standard bearer for the need to ensure all communities are represented by vibrant and strong media outlets. A totally professional publication with high standards of writing, subbing and layout - no over-sensationalised headlines here, just good, solid local stories, written in a good, sold style.”


News Website of the Year
Sponsored by Effective Communication
Winner
BBC CYMRU WALES, CYMRU FYW

Since it started in May 2014, Cymru Fyw, with its clean design and clear labelling allowing easy navigation from daily live blog to news and features, photo galleries and audio and video, has trebled its user base.

Judges said the layout was very pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate, and they particularly liked the Magazine section and the fact that the news agenda reflected the areas in Wales where Welsh is most spoken.


Weekly Newspaper of the Year
Sponsored by Western Power Distribution
Winner
CARMARTHEN JOURNAL

The Carmarthen Journal is Wales’s oldest newspaper, serving Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire. Judges said it was a terrific example of a weekly newspaper that works hard to produce all the grass roots local coverage you could wish for, while also finding the space to bring an in-depth, more investigative edge to its journalism when it can. A cracking, news-packed paper with a distinct local 'feel'.


Daily / Sunday Newspaper of the Year
Sponsored by Western Power Distribution
Winner
WESTERN MAIL

Media Wales say they challenge themselves to lead Wales from the front every day, setting the agenda and expertly tapping into the passion of the nation – and for the second year in a row, it seems the judges agree.

“The Western Mail regularly achieves its aim and aspiration to present as a national newspaper for Wales, with the news section supported by a strong selection of informative and engaging features,” said the judges. “Good, bold journalism, well presented and written, with the significance for Wales always to the fore.”


Student Journalist of the Year
Sponsored by Wales Online & The Daily Post
Winner
CALEB SPENCER, CAMBRIAN NEWS

Judges said Caleb Spencer’s entries showed the wide range of his abilities both at writing and at investigating his subjects. They were impressed with his excellent initiative and the way he digs deep into the story behind the story, honing in on the required angle to make each story interesting and strong.


Young Journalist of the Year  
Sponsored by Glyndwr University
Winner
THOMAS DAVIDSON, DAILY POST

Thomas Davidson won praise from the judges for an impressive range of very different stories – all of which were equally strong. The drugs case - with 28 defendants - was a potentially complex story, but one which was told with clarity and in detail, they said.


Sports Journalist of the Year
Sponsored by Cleartech Live
Winner
PAUL ABBANDONATO, MEDIA WALES

Paul Abbandonato won praise from the judges for the demonstration of good, clear reporting in his work. His piece on Wales football team’s training methods wasdescribed by one judge as “the best I've read among the entries I'm judging - an excellent read which told me things I didn't know.”


Feature Writer of the Year
Sponsored by Cardiff Metropolitan University
Winner
ELIN LLWYD MORGAN, CYLCHGRAWN BARN

The judges said Elin Llwyd Morgan had produced three fascinating and moving pieces, written in a highly readable and effective style. These are brave columns, they said, with a use of Welsh which was modern and accessible - not an easy task considering the topics - which offered a valuable female voice within Welsh, and especially, Welsh-language, journalism.


Business Journalist of the Year
Sponsored by Welsh Government
Winner
SION BARRY, MEDIA WALES

Judges complimented Sion Barry on his well-written and engaging submissions – “the best entry I saw by some distance,” said one. “Genuine hard-hitting revelatory journalism on big stories backed up by intelligence analysis - Sion’s work shows that good business journalism transcends the pages of the business section and has an impact on a much wider audience.”


Political Journalist of the Year
Presented by Beti George on behalf of The Journalists’ Charity
Winner
CHRIS BETTELEY, CAMBRIAN NEWS

Judges said Chris Betteley’s work showed what local newspapers could achieve when a reporter was tenacious and paid attention to detail. Strong, well-written pieces, with balanced quotes, they said. Good investigative, locally accountable journalism – the judges thought it important such work continued.


Online News Reporter of the Year
Sponsored by The Comtek Group
Winner
CATHY OWEN, MEDIA WALES

Cathy clearly has an understanding of what will get a lot of online traction, said the judges. She demonstrates her grasp of the tools and her journalistic principles, making good use of photographs, links, video clips and social media. Her stories show how she can deal with hard news, providing information as well as lighter content.


Radio News Reporter of the Year
Sponsored by The Comtek Group
Winner
IOLO AP DAFYDD, BBC CYMRU WALES

How gratifying to hear some entries from a gutsy reporter with the investigative fire in his belly, said the judges. The strength of Iolo ap Dafydd’s investigative reporting skill is clear. It’s authoritative, courageous and balanced and performs a very important public service.


TV News Reporter of the Year
Sponsored by The Comtek Group
Winner
IOLO AP DAFYDD, BBC CYMRU WALES

Judges complemented Iolo ap Dafydd on a strong trio of films which all look polished and each displayed evidence of a lot of background research. They said that his piece on the Llanrwst stream was an excellent piece of journalism - a great package – and his report on refugees  was a powerful piece of journalism with a variety of interviewees, well shot and sensitively reported; an excellent report.


Print News Reporter of the Year
Sponsored by The Comtek Group
Winner
CHRIS BETTELEY, CAMBRIAN NEWS

His trio of stories illustrate reporting at its best, said the judges - tenacity, the willingness to tackle authority and expert presentation of the facts made this a standout entry.


Scoop of the Year
Sponsored by NUJ Training Wales
Winner
WEEK IN WEEK OUT, BBC CYMRU WALES - WHO IS SLEEPING IN THE NEXT ROOM?

Judges said the Week In Week Out programme exposing how serious offenders were placed alongside vulnerable young people in mainstream B&B accommodation was a powerful and disturbing hard news investigation, and a shocking and chilling expose of a local council's policy. They praised the painstakingly thorough report by Tim Rogers, calling it a first-class piece of journalism.


Journalist of the Year
Presented by Vincent Kane, OBE
Winner
CHRIS BETTELEY, CAMBRIAN NEWS

The Cambrian News’ Chris Betteley received glowing comments from all the judges. His news reporting was described as journalism at its best – tenacious and showing a willingness to take on authority, while he won the political journalist award for his good, sound investigative work. A role model for the classic reporting that is the hallmark of great Welsh journalism.


Outstanding Contribution Award

BETI GEORGE

 

 

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