THE Argus has been honoured at this year’s regional press awards.

This newspaper was “highly commended” in the daily newspaper of the year category.

The awards, organised by the Society of Editors (SoE), celebrates the best journalism from across the UK.

The SoE said this year’s event recognised the valiant work undertaken by the local and regional press during the coronavirus crisis.

Argus editor Arron Hendy said: “To be highly commended in this category is testament to the hard work of everyone at The Argus in such difficult times.

"The team has been fantastic and I am so pleased that their hard work has been recognised.

“From the early days of the pandemic last February, they have been there for our community, informing them of the latest developments and celebrating acts of kindness and heroism.

“We also recognise the role the local paper and website has played in keeping some residents informed and connected throughout these dark days.
“To be honoured in this way for our work over the last year at these prestigious annual awards feels like recognition of the work put in on a daily basis by the team.”

Argus reporter Jody Doherty-Cove was also shortlisted in the young journalist of the year category.

The SoE said: “Jody shows a wide range of journalism – investigation, holding authority to account, and discovering that the local police force had been keeping quiet over the dismissals of officers.
“While the pandemic has dominated the news agenda for the past year and a half, it is not the only story.”