The Western Gazette has been named weekly paid-for newspaper of the year at the EDF Energy South West Media Awards this afternoon.
The paper, which is based in Yeovil and covers South Somerset and West Dorset, collected the award at a lunchtime ceremony held at the National Trust’s Assembly Rooms in Bath.
The Western Gazette fought off strong competition from the North Devon Journal, the Exmouth Journal and The Cornishman to take top spot.
Former Western Gazette reporter Nick Webster was named newcomer of the year, while BBC West's Matthew Hill was named television journalist of the year.
Webster just missed out on an award double. He was also shortlisted for the weekly print journalist of the year award, along with Mid Somerset Series' Oliver Hulme, but they were both beaten to the top prize by Ginette Davies of the West Briton.
The Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times missed out to the Midweek Herald for best free weekly newspaper, while Western Gazette pair Robert Golledge and Laura Jones were nominated in the newcomer and news photographer awards respectively.