Staff at The Star are celebrating today after being crowned Best Daily Newspaper in Yorkshire and Humberside.
Judges announced the award at a ceremony in York last night after The Star fought off stiff competition from across the region.
The annual O2 Media Awards recognise the best of regional journalism, with The Star also highly commended for the best news website in Yorkshire and Humberside.
Editor James Mitchinson paid tribute to his team, the first of Johnston Press’ daily titles to adopt its ‘Newsroom of the Future’ philosophy - a plan to modernise the delivery of news around the clock.
He said: “I was genuinely overwhelmed when The Star was declared Best Daily Newspaper in the whole of Yorkshire and Humberside.
“Since I arrived in Sheffield two years ago almost to the day, I have asked my team to change and adapt beyond recognition, and no matter how demanding I am of them, they continue to deliver.
“We’ve gone from struggling to get 20,000 people on the website in a day, to having almost 100,000 just this Wednesday. My tenure has been almost entirely dedicated to building a team that can compete with our new-media competitors, whilst still delivering brave and compelling journalistic disclosure.
“That’s why this means so much to me. Despite dismantling the team I inherited, and rebuilding for digital, not for one moment did we take our eye off the newspaper. Not once did we undervalue our most loyal readers and advertisers. Not once have we shirked difficult stories. We have forged a new way of working for the whole business, whilst delivering award-winning products. That’s phenomenal.
He added: “Many of our friends and associates in the community know that two of our most valued employees have been absent from the newsroom, both battling cancer. This award is for you two, chaps. We’re thinking of you. Get well soon.”