The Belfast Telegraph's website has scooped its second award of 2012 after being named Local/Regional News Site of the Year at the Online Media Awards in London.
The event — which was staged at the Emirates Stadium — recognises the best in online news and journalism.
Online editor Jerome Crolly said: “Regional websites may not be able to match the national titles in terms of resources, but as the small team in Belfast has shown, we can compete with the best when it comes to breadth and depth of coverage, innovation and creativity.
“The bedrock of our strategy is connecting with users at a community level and I would like to pay particular tribute to the team that ensures this happens day and night, 24/7 — Gary Fennelly, Neil Crossey, Laura Murray and Andrew Vance.”
The awards attracted entries from some of the world's leading websites including The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Times, BBC, Sunday Times, Mail Online, Reuters and Wall Street Journal — with The Guardian being named Website of the Year
Earlier this year belfasttelegraph.co.uk was named Website of the Year at the CIPR Media Awards in Belfast.
The international panel included BBC editor Mark Coyle and Nick Wrenn from CNN International.
During May the Belfast Telegraph picked up a host of industry awards.
We were named Newspaper of the Year at the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards in London and were highly commended in two other categories.
The Belfast Telegraph was praised by the judges for “strong, clean design, great pictures and an authoritative air”.
Saturday supplement Weekend was described as an “irresistible weekend package containing top class content across the leisure spectrum”.
It was highly commended in the supplement category and sports editor Steven Beacom was highly commended in the sports journalist category.
At the time Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson said he was delighted for the team to have been recognised by our peers as having the “best newspaper in the UK”.
Those awards came just days after the Belfast Telegraph triumphed at the 2012 Coca-Cola CIPR Northern Ireland Media Awards which recognises the best of the province’s journalism.
We won more awards than any other organisation on the night, including the coveted Newspaper of the Year award, for “consistently high standards of reporting”.
Supplement of the Year went to the Titanic Tales series while belfasttelegraph.co.uk was named Website of the Year. Judges said it was “the sheer breadth and depth of the online content” that made it “a clear overall winner”.
Business Journalist of the Year was awarded to our consumer correspondent Claire McNeilly, with business correspondent Margaret Canning and reporter Amanda Poole commended in the same category.
Heather Byrne won the Production Journalist of the Year award and Jane Hardy walked away with the Features Journalist of the Year award. Deputy editor Gail Walker was commended in both the features and columnist category.
Political editor Liam Clarke was commended in the Political Journalist of the Year category and environment correspondent Linda Stewart was commended in the Environmental Journalist of the Year category.
Education correspondent Lindsay Fergus and Belfast City correspondent Lesley-Anne McKeown were both commended in the Specialist Journalist category, while crime correspondent Deborah McAleese was commended in the Print News Journalist category.
Features writer Jamie McDowell was commended in the Martin O'Hagan Memorial Bursary Newcomer of the Year category, which recognises the best emerging journalism talent in Northern Ireland.
Former Belfast Telegraph editor Roy Lilley was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award on the night.