Derek Johnson is Kent journalist of the year

Posted: 21 January 2011

Blog category: News

Derek Johnson, of ITV Meridian, was named Shepherd Neame Kent Journalist of the Year at an awards lunch held at the Faversham brewery.

Derek, who also won the Bishops Finger Broadcast Journalist of the Year category, was described as a brilliant journalist with an excellent reputation. The judges commented on his ability to produce exceptional work that keeps viewers riveted from beginning to end.

KentOnline won the Shepherd Neame News Service of the Year Award, earning praise for creating an interactive online experience, mastering video, audio and the written word with a team of first class journalists.

Other winners included: 
• Kent’s Best Newspaper or Online Journalist of the Year – Simon Tulett, Gravesend & Dartford Messenger
• Master Brew Kent Feature Journalist of the Year – Lesley Bellew, Kent Messenger Group
• Spitfire Kent Sports Journalist of the Year Award – Luke Cawdell, Kent Messenger Group
• WF Deedes Kent Young Journalist of the Year – Katie Alston, Kentish Gazette

The Gravesend & Dartford Messenger won the Canterbury Jack Campaign of the Year Award for exposing the presence of a sex industry in the heart of a local community.

Long-serving sports editor Mick Cork, of the Folkestone Herald, was recognised with a Contribution to Journalism Award.

This year’s awards were judged by a panel comprising former BBC Radio Kent broadcaster Barbara Sturgeon; Kim Fletcher, former editorial director of the Telegraph Group and chairman of the NCTJ; Tim Luckhurst, professor of journalism at the University of Kent and a former editor of The Scotsman; and Justin Allen, from the sports desk of The Sun and the News of the World.

Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame, said: “We are delighted to sponsor these awards and reward the achievements of Kent’s finest journalists. They provide a first-class media service and this year we were pleased to see a record number of entries.”

FULL LIST OF WINNERS
Shepherd Neame Kent Journalist of the Year – Derek Johnson, ITV Meridian
Kent’s Best Newspaper or Online Journalist of the Year – Simon Tulett, Gravesend & Dartford Messenger
Highly Commended – David Mills, News Shopper
W F Deedes Kent Young Journalist of the Year – Katie Alston, Kentish Gazette
Highly Commended – Amy Andrew, Sevenoaks Chronicle 
Bishops Finger Kent Broadcast Journalist of the Year – Derek Johnson, ITV Meridian
Highly Commended – Sarah Saunders, ITV Meridian
Highly Commended – Lauren Hood, KMFM
Master Brew Kent Feature Journalist of the Year – Lesley Bellew, Kent Messenger Group
Runner-Up – David Wright, ITV Meridian 
Spitfire Kent Sports Journalist of the Year – Luke Cawdell, Kent Messenger Group
Highly Commended – Neil Bell, BBC South East Today
Canterbury Jack Campaign of the Year – Gravesend & Dartford Messenger
Shepherd Neame News Service of the Year – KentOnline
Shepherd Neame Contribution to Journalism Award – Mick Cork, Folkestone Herald