The Daily Mirror has been lauded for its agenda-setting coverage in lockdown with a string of gongs at the The Press Awards 2020.
Our story on Dominic Cummings breaking lockdown rules was named Scoop of the Year at the annual awards and highly commended in the Investigation of the Year category.
The Mirror’s North East Correspondent Jeremy Armstrong and Political Editor Pippa Crerar revealed, in a joint investigation with the Guardian’s Matthew Weaver, how the Prime Minister’s then-chief advisor had flouted restrictions and travelled to Durham in March last year.
Judges called it a “story of double-standards that incensed a nation in lockdown and shocked No10 to its foundations”.
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They added: “This enormous scoop involving one of the most powerful men in the country set the benchmark against which to judge the government’s conduct for the rest of the pandemic.”
Jeremy and Pippa were also separately honoured, as News Reporter of the Year and Political Reporter of the Year respectively.
Judges praised Jeremy’s “contacts and determination” in landing one of the biggest stories of the year, adding that Pippa has had a “fantastic year, showing tenacity, courage and persistence in her reporting”.
The Mirror’s Environment Editor Nada Farhoud also got a gong for her powerful environmental coverage.
The judges said she “writes with passion and a campaigning zeal, showing the Mirror’s readers the true horrors of hunting and pollution and exposing the threat faced by a Welsh village thrown to the sea”.
The Mirror’s royal podcast Pod Save the Queen was named Lifestyle Podcast of the Year.
The Mirror was also highly commended in the Daily Newspaper of the Year category.
Daily Mirror editor Alison Phillips said: “The greatest award is that our readers turn to us every day when they want to know what’s really going on in the world.
“We’re proud to give Mirror readers the journalism that reveals hope for the future.”
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The winners were announced on Thursday after a year that forced the industry to find new ways of working.
Awards organisers said: “As fake news online put lives at risk, the press, with its high editorial standards, presented news that could be trusted.”