It's official - The Huddersfield Examiner has the best online media team in Yorkshire and the Humber!
The O2 Media Awards took place last night at York Racecourse where we faced tough competition from the most outstanding teams in regional news - and all our hard work has been recognised!
We were shortlisted in three categories - best online media, best website and newspaper team of the year - and were delighted to take home the award for best online media!
Competition for the online media award came from the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Yorkshire Business Insider and York on a Fork.
The judges said: "The Huddersfield Examiner took a conscious decision to put the story, and their readers, first in a revamp of their on-line presence this year. Using live blogs, video and by constantly updating their web material the team has seen the number of website users double to an impressive 7.4 million."
Meanwhile, we were highly commended for the best website and newspaper team of the year awards.
Best website winner was BBC Radio Leeds, while we were highly commended, along with ITV Calendar and the Sheffield Star.
The judges said: "The Examiner team were achieving superb results and huge visitor numbers… a whopping 8 million page views during the year thanks to a web first strategy. Live blogging from popular sports and leisure events had created a new readership and the team were constantly looking at clever ways to involve their audience.
The print team of the year award winner was the Yorkshire Post, while we were highly commended, along with Little Vikings and the Goole Times and Selby Times.
The judges said: "The Examiner’s digital team was clearly determined to deliver ‘of the moment’ news content.
"Blogs, videos, picture galleries and a range of bolt on content was attracting huge numbers of on-line readers.
"The paper’s on-line audiences had almost doubled during the year while innovative approaches to topical events were boosting awareness among new readers. It was a small dedicated team achieving big results."
Examiner editor Roy Wright said: "This success is very well deserved and recognises the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.
"We are very pleased and proud to receive these accolades."