etc Magazine wins major award

Johnston Press Awards.
Johnston Press Awards.

Our very popular etc Magazine won a major title at the second annual Johnston Press Group Awards last night (Thursday March 6).

etc - the widest distributed complementary lifestyle magazine in Sussex - picked up the Magazine of the Year title.

To read the latest edition of the magazine go to or pick up a copy from one of the many outlets listed on the website.

There were also awards for various members of the teams that produce this newspaper and website and those of our sister titles across Sussex.

Olivia Lerche, on the Chichester Observer, was runner-up in the Journalist of the Year (weekly) section.

The South Publishing Unit won the Newspaper Sales Subscriptions team of the Year Award.

Letitia Holder, from the South Publishing Unit, was runner-up in the Sales Customer Service/Retention Award.

The Unit was also runner-up in the Sales Team of the Year (Local Display and Features) section.

A full list of the award-winners across Johnston Press is below.

The awards night was sponsored by the following:

Atrion - Category sponsor: Johnston Press Title of the Year (Overall)

Aktrion has been an innovator in the development and delivery of support services to newspaper and commercial printers since its establishment in 1992. It now has an international infrastructure and also operates in the automotive, food and transport sectors. Aktrion provides our Dinnington print plant with a fully managed mailroom operation and temporary labour as required. It also provides transport solutions at Portsmouth Web.

Amplify - Category sponsor: Sales Team of the Year Local Display & Features

Through a consistent and structured approach, the Amplify team secures new advertisers on long-term contracts for media companies. Now implemented in Johnston Press, the Amplify Programme is executed by the most experienced media consultant & project specialist team, which leads sales teams on a journey and implements world class sales training that focuses on identifying new business opportunities and developing relationships and the all-important closing skills.

Arnold Clark Vehicle Management – pre-dinner drinks reception

ACVM is one of the UK’s premier vehicle leasing companies and the largest privately owned automotive group in Europe. It specialises in contract hire and vehicle leasing and also helps corporate business, small businesses and Government departments achieve genuine savings, improvements in productivity and reductions in carbon emissions. A family run business, ACVM supplies vehicles and transport solutions to Johnston Press.

Endava - Category sponsor: Innovation Award

Endava is one of the fastest growing IT services companies in Europe. It focuses on a number of sectors - including media, technology and publishing - and designs, implements and manages secure, high-volume, business-critical systems and digital services for clients. It provides innovative solutions to drive strategic change and currently supplies Johnston Press with a pre-press creative solution.

Grapeshot – Category sponsor: Best Use of Digital Platforms

Grapeshot’s keyword technology enables publishers to match online content to related advertising messages, ensuring the reader will be interested in the advertising they see. Increasing engagement between audience and advertising improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the campaign. Grapeshot has worked with JP for over four years, powering contextual advertising for display campaigns and the infrastructure behind ‘Smart Ads’.

Localstars - Category sponsor: Best Sales Team for Digital Sales Growth

Localstars were the first in the world to integrate into the Google Ad Server and since working with Johnston Press has helped unlock growth in online display ads. Together, Localstars and Johnston Press have sold well over 100,000 ads, delivered more than 1,000,000,000 impressions and created a hugely significant digital display revenue line for the company. The aim is to treble that over the next few years!

Madgex - Category sponsor: Best Recruitment Sales Agent

Madgex is Europe’s leading provider of online recruitment software and services. Over the last 14 years it has gained extensive experience in building job boards that meet the demands of the ever changing digital recruitment landscape. Its award-winning innovative job board software is designed to help clients drive digital recruitment revenues for newspaper clients. The technology will be launched shortly in Johnston Press.

Mediaforce - Category sponsor: Publishing Unit of the Year

Mediaforce is the largest national representation company in the UK and is the industry market leader. With the shape of the industry continually evolving, it has to innovate and create solutions where brands can leverage the enormous trust that they, through their products, have worked so hard to build up. Mediaforce is incredibly proud of its working relationship with Johnston Press, which stretches back over 20 years.

Miles 33 – table wine

Miles 33 develops advertising, editorial and mobile publishing solutions for multi-channel media companies wanting to prosper in good times and bad. Its technology can help clients improve content and deepen audience engagement – and do so cost-efficiently. All solutions are backed by a global support infrastructure and can be deployed on-premise or in a cloud. Miles 33 currently supplies Johnston Press with advertising and planning systems.

NRS Media - Category sponsor: Best Publishing Unit Sales Team & also Best Sales Manager

NRS Media creates innovative ways to help media companies increase their local revenue. Using a true partnership model, they combine their extensive international media sales experience with a proven flair for commercial innovation to analyse the areas in which they best impact on sales performance. NRS Media has worked with Johnston Press to generate the company extra revenue across the last five years.

Occam - Category sponsor: Data Capture Award

Occam is a leading UK engagement agency with 20 years’ experience in delivering data marketing solutions to its clients. They aim to draw relevant and useful insight from data to help clients have a more profitable and rewarding engagement with their customers. Occam is helping Johnston Press to build a single view of our consumer across the multitude of touch points and interactions that exist for our army of brands.

Press Association - Category sponsor: Story of the Year in Print & Digital

The Press Association is the UK’s leading multimedia news agency and digital content supplier. The home of the UK’s national newswire - which supplies news to national and regional newspapers, magazines and broadcasters - the Press Association also provides tailored multi-media content solutions for a broad range of businesses, brands and public sector organisations. PA has a particularly strong relationship with Johnston Press and today works with the group’s daily and weekly titles across a range of content areas.

Salesforce - Category sponsor: Best Sales Person is the #1 CRM platform and the clear global leader in sales, service, marketing and cloud platforms. It pioneered the shift to cloud, social, mobile and connected devices. It provides companies with the tools to transform the way they sell, service and market. The company provides core components to enable Johnston Press sales teams to work remotely and significantly improve their sales effectiveness and customer interaction.

Full list of award-winners:

Publishing Unit of the Year

Winner: North East Publishing Unit

Runner-up: Midlands

Title of the Year Overal

The Gazette (Blackpool)

Title of the Year Daily

Winner: The Gazette (Blackpool)

Runner-up: Edinburgh Evening News

Title of the Year Large Weekly

Winner: Banbury Guardian

Runner-up: Wigan Observer

Title of the Year Small Weekly

Winner: Bourne Local

Runner-up: Deeside Piper

Magazine of the Year

Winner: etc Sussex

Runner-up: The Star Business magazine, Sheffield

Journalist of the Year Daily

Winner: Aasma Day, Lancashire Evening Post

Runner-up: Alan McEwen, Edinburgh Evening News

Journalist of the Year Weekly

Winner: Jill Buchanan, Falkirk Herald

Runner-up: Helen Beighton, Mansfield Chad

Trainee Journalist of the Year Daily

Winner: David Sharman, The Gazette (Blackpool)

Trainee Journalist of the Year Weekly

Winner: Amanda Devlin, Leighton Buzzard Observer

Runner-up: Olivia Lerche, Chichester Observer Series

Sports Journalist of the Year Daily

Winner: Richard Fidler, The Star, Sheffield

Sports Journalist of the Year Weekly

Winner: Phil Wilkinson, Wigan Evening Post/Wigan Observer

Runner-up: Derek Bish, Anglia Newspapers

Photographer of the Year Daily

Winner: Simon Hulme, Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post

Runner-up: Paul Jacobs, The News, Portsmouth

Photographer of the Year Weekly

Winner: Jane Coltman, Northumberland Gazette & Morpeth Herald

Runner-up: David Lowndes, Peterborough Telegraph

Story of the Year in Print & Digital

Winner: The Gazette (Blackpool)

Runner-up: Callum Jones, Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Campaign of the Year

Winner: Edinburgh Evening News, Save Our Police Stations

Runner-up: Northamptonshire Telegraph, Rushden Lakes Shopping & Leisure Complex

Editorial Design Award

Winner: Michelle Kilner, Sheffield editorial design hub

Runner-up: Kathryn Lovelock, Peterborough editorial design hub

Commercial Creative Award

Winner: Sarah O’Neill, Group Creative Services, North West

Runner-up: Peter Hammond, Midlands

Best Publishing Unit Sales Team

Winner: North East Publishing Unit

Runner-up: Media Sales Centre

Sales Team of the Year Property

Winner: North West Property Team

Runner-up: North East Publishing Unit

Sales Team of the Year Motors

Winner: North West Motors Team

Runner-up: Yorkshire

Sales Team of the Year (Local Display & Features)

Winner: North East Publishing Unit

Runner-up: South Publishing Unit

Best Sales Team for Digital Sales Growth

Winner: Yorkshire Publishing Unit

Runner-up: Dealmonster, Digital

Best Digital Sales Person

Winner: Kelly Wardley, Key Account Manager, North East

Runner-up: Rebecca Rowe, North West Digital Sales Team

Best Sales Person

Winner: Michael Rhodes, Account Manager, South Yorkshire & Peaks

Joint runners-up: Kim Ives, Key Account Manager, Midlands & Bethany McKay, Key Account Manager, Midlands

Best Sales Manager

Winner: Julia Vethakkan, Advertising Manager, Midlands

Runner-up: Joanne Gardner, North West Property Manager

Best Sales Newcomer

Winner: Duncan Liddle, Media Sales Consultant, Yorkshire

Runner-up: Chris Quinn, Southern Recruitment Area Manager, Digital

Best Sales Support Person

Winner: Anne-Marie McGuigan, North West Customer Support

Runner-up: Ben Brierley, Senior Customer Support Executive, Midlands

Best Sales Agent (Media Sales Centre)

Winner: Tracey Fleming

Runner-up: Michael Eccles

Best Sales Team Leader (Media Sales Centre)

Winner: Janice McKewan, Scotland

Runner-up: Rebecca Harris

Best Recruitment Sales Agent (Media Sales Centre)

Winner: Roisin Kelly

Newspapers Sales Team of the Year Daily

Winner: News Letter, Ireland

Runner-up: Yorkshire Publishing Unit

Newspapers Sales Team of the Year Weekly

Winner: North East Newspaper Sales Team

Runner-up – North West Newspaper Sales Team

Newspapers Sales Subscriptions Team of the Year Daily

Winner: Yorkshire Publishing Unit

Runner-up: South Publishing Unit

Newspapers Sales Subscriptions Team of the Year Weekly

Winner: South Publishing Unit

Runner-up: Yorkshire Publishing Unit

Innovation in Newspaper Sales

Winner: Susan Tyler-Stringer & Claire Wardle, Yorkshire Publishing Unit

Runner-up: North East Newspaper Sales Team

Newspaper Sales Customer Service/Retention Award

Winner: Sarah Hill, Yorkshire Publishing Unit

Runner-up: Letitia Holder, South Publishing Unit

Data Capture Award

Winner: Catherine Grimwood, North West Business Control & Marketing Support Manager

Best Supporting Role in the Business

Winner: Rebekah Avill, Performance Manager, Media Sales Centre

Runner-up: Debbie Mitchell, Marketing Manager/BCPM, North East Publishing Unit

Best Use of Social Media

Winner: The Star editorial team, Sheffield

Runner-up: Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Best Use of Digital Platforms

Winner: joint entry Digital Product Team & The Scotsman/Edinburgh Evening News

Runner-up – Whitby Gazette

Innovation Award

Winner: Bourne Local

Runner-up: The Star, Sheffield

Community Initiative Award

Winner: The News, Portsmouth, Highbury College Classroom in the News

Runner-up – Isle of Man Newspapers, Awards for Excellence

Chief Executive Award (five winners)

Colin Winkles, Portsmouth Web

Nicholas Carte, Group IT

Jackie Smith, North East & Yorkshire

Joanne Broughton, North West

Charlotte Whitehill, Midlands