Star man Graham is O2 New Media champ

Graham Walker, The Star's digital editor, winner of the O2 New Media Award 2014, with host, BBC Breakfast TV's Louise Minchin.
Graham Walker, The Star's digital editor, winner of the O2 New Media Award 2014, with host, BBC Breakfast TV's Louise Minchin.
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Graham Walker, The Star’s Digital Editor, is celebrating after he was named as Yorkshire’s best New Media reporter at the O2 Media Awards.

His portfolio included a newspaper first - his innovative live broadcast of the Reverend and the Makers album launch, plus the multi-media promotion of a Women Of Steel rock concert he co-organised and a time lapse of the Tour de France route through Sheffield.

Graham Walker, The Star's digital editor, winner of the O2 New Media Award 2014, with host, BBC Breakfast TV's Louise Minchin.

Graham Walker, The Star's digital editor, winner of the O2 New Media Award 2014, with host, BBC Breakfast TV's Louise Minchin.

It proved the judges favourite in the awards - regarded as the Oscars of regional journalism.

Judges said: “You have to admire Graham Walker. After 34 years in newspapers he is leading the Sheffield Star and 18 other sister titles by the hand into the ever-changing world of new media.”

Graham, aged 51, a father of two, of Barnsley, whose regional role also includes digital responsibility for the Sheffield Telegraph, has won the O2 new media award three times in the past four years, with a highly commended runner up entry last year.

He said: “I was thrilled to win - but behind every winner there’s a great team of people and I couldn’t have done it without the support of many colleagues at The Star and the rest of our Johnston Press publishing unit, or the many whose lives we touch every day.

“But a very special thanks to my good pals, chart stars Reverend and the Makers, who helped us to make newspaper history with our first live video broadcast, to everyone involved in the Women Of Steel campaign and most important of all, my very understanding wife, Fiona, and our two boys, Josh and Harry.”

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin hosted this year’s awards at The Royal Armouries in Leeds and attracted an audience of 150 media professionals across print, digital and broadcast organisations.

Awards were presented by well known media representatives and members of the Yorkshire public who had featured in regional and national news stories through the year.

With almost 300 individual entries the O2 Awards are the biggest regional press awards in the country.

Capita, a UK leader in business process management and outsourcing solutions, provided additional sponsorship. Judging was conducted over three separate days and the panels were made up of working editors and senior news executives from print, radio and television.

Paul James, acting Director of Communications and Reputation at O2 UK, said the judging panel were hugely impressed by the tremendous examples of community journalism across Yorkshire and the Humber.

“The O2 awards are a celebration of all that is good about regional media.”

Bob Buiaroski, Capita O2 Partnership Director, said the Awards were one of the most prestigious of their type in the UK.

“The fantastic work of regional journalists across Yorkshire needs to be showcased,” he added.

O2 Media Awards Yorkshire and the Humber 2014 winners

News Reporter of the Year

Rob Waugh – Yorkshire Post

Runners Up

Kevin Shoesmith – Hull Daily Mail

Kate Bradbrook – BBC Look North

Emma Glasbey – BBC Look North

Specialist Publication of the Year

Yorkshire Living - Newsquest

Runners Up

One & Other - York

Tell the World – Hull Daily Mail

Yorkshire Post Magazine

Specialist Writer of the Year

Jenna Thompson – Hull Daily Mail

Runners Up

Katie Baldwin – Yorkshire Evening Post

Tony Earnshaw – Yorkshire Post

Community Journalism Award

BBC Look North – Tandem Tour De Yorkshire

Runners Up

BBC Radio Humberside – David Burns ‘The Rank House’

Bradford Telegraph & Argus – Save National Media Museum

New Media Award

Graham Walker – Sheffield Star

Runners Up

Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Worksop Guardian

Weekly News Reporter of the Year

Don Mort – Wakefield Express

Runners Up

Mike Cotton – Barnsley Chronicle

Lauren Ballinger – Spenborough Guardian

Darren Burke – Doncaster Free Press

Weekly Sports Reporter of the Year

Chris Sumpter – Scunthorpe Telegraph

Runners Up

Paul Goodwin – Doncaster Free Press

Hayley Paterson – Doncaster Free Press & Epworth Bells

Weekly Paid For Newspaper of the Year

Scarborough News

Runners Up

Worksop Guardian

Wakefield Express

Young Journalist of the Year

Laura Hill – Harrogate Advertiser

Runners Up

David Harrison – BBC Radio Humberside

Michael Muncaster – Batley News

Jonathan Brown – Yorkshire Evening Post

Feature Writer of the Year

Karl Hansell – Whitby Gazette

Runners Up

Sarah Freeman – Yorkshire Post

Angus Young – Hull Daily Mail

Photographer of the Year

Anthony Chappel-Ross – The Press, York

Runners Up

Stephen Garnett – Craven Herald

Mike Simmonds – Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Sports Journalist of the Year

Chris Dawkes – ITV Calendar

Runners Up

James Smailes – Hull Daily Mail

Daniel Gregory – Scarborough News

Radio Broadcast Journalist of the Year

Tracy Gee, BBC Radio Leeds

Runners Up

Johnathan i’Anson, BBC Radio Leeds

Charlie Frost, Radio Aire

Television Broadcast Journalist of the Year

Kate Bradbrook - BBC Look North

Runners Up

Danni Hewson - BBC Look North

Jon Hill – ITV Calendar

Broadcast Presenter of the Year

James Hanson – Leeds Student Radio

Runners Up

Christine Talbot – ITV Calendar

Rony Robinson – BBC Radio Sheffield

Toby Foster – BBC Radio Sheffield

Scoop of the Year

Hull Daily Mail – ‘We will be called Hull Tigers’

Runners Up

Yorkshire Post – Police pay and perks investigation

Leeds Student Newspaper – ‘Violate a fresher’

Editorial Team of the Year

Hull Daily Mail – City of Culture

Runners Up

Leeds Student Newspaper

BBC Look North – Tandem Tour De Yorkshire

Daily Newspaper of the Year

Hull Daily Mail

Runners Up

Huddersfield Examiner

Yorkshire Post

Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year

Leeds Student Newspaper

Runner Up

Dearne Valley Weekender

Emerging Talent Award

Andrew Seddon – University of Leeds

Runners Up

Salma Haidrani – University of Sheffield

James Weston – Wyke Sixth Form College