European newspaper award for The Mayo News

Family-owned publication wins award for second time

The Mayo News was founded in 1892 by nationalist PJ Doris, espousing an ethos of “independence and progressiveness, while serving the local community”. Photograph: www.mayonews.ie

The Mayo News was founded in 1892 by nationalist PJ Doris, espousing an ethos of “independence and progressiveness, while serving the local community”. Photograph: www.mayonews.ie

 

Irish weekly publication The Mayo News has won best local newspaper in Europe at the 2014 European Newspaper Design and Concept Awards.

The Westport-based newspaper, owned by the Berry family, has secured the award for the second time.

It was among 200 newspapers from 27 countries entered for the competition, now in its 16th year.

The Mayo News was founded in 1892 by nationalist PJ Doris, espousing an ethos of “independence and progressiveness, while serving the local community”.

Managing editor Neill O’Neill paid tribute to the newspaper staff, particularly the in-house design and production teams responsible for this year’s redesign of the publication.

Overall winner

The judges cited the newspaper’s commitment to redesign and noted that its “content and design are always up-to-date”.

The only other Irish newspaper to win an award this year was Galway City Tribune in the category of ‘visual storytelling’.

The overall winner in the “best regional” category was De Twentsche Curant Tubantia, the Netherlands.

Best national newspaper was Publico of Portugal and best weekly newspaper was Sonntags Zeitung of Switzerland.

The awards will be presented at the European Newspaper Congress in Vienna, Austria, next year.

LORNA SIGGINS