The Johnston Press-owned title was chosen from a shortlist that included The Cumberland News, the Hampstead & Highgate Express, the Irish News, the Nottingham Post, The Press, York, and the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Journalists from the Portsmouth paper also picked up a clutch of individual awards.
Individual winners were:
Reporter of the Year Weekly
Multimedia Journalist of the Year ,
Sion Donovan, The News, Portsmouth
Feature Writer of the Year Daily/Sunday
Jayne Dawson, Yorkshire Evening Post
Feature Writer of the Year Weekly
Roger Lytollis, Cumberland News
Sports Journalist of the Year Daily/Sunday
Neil Allen,The News, Portsmouth
Sports Journalist of the Year Weekly
Eric Mackinnon, West Lothian Courier.
Specialist Writer of the Year
Carl Eve, Plymouth Herald
Columnist of the Year
Stacia Briggs, Norwich Evening News
Student Journalist of the Year
Rosie Taylor, Forge Press
Designer of the Year
Graeme Windell, The News, Portsmouth.
Photographer of the Year Daily/Sunday
Stuart Boulton, Northern Echo
Photographer of the Year Weekly
Chris Whiteoak, Surrey Advertiser
Sports Photographer of the Year Daily/Sunday
Lucy Ray, Bradford and Telegraph Argus
Sports Photographer of the Year Weekly
Stephen Garnett, Craven Herald
Scoop of the Year
Cherry Wilson, Rotherham Advertiser.
Campaign of the Year
Kathryn Torney, Belfast Telegraph
Multimedia Publisher of the Year
Stuart Kirkpatrick, Caledonian Mercury
The Felix Dearden Reporting on Race Award
Mary Griffin, Coventry Telegraph
- Pic: Allison Morris of the Irish News - Reporter of the Year: Daily or Sunday - receives her award from NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear. (Pic: Jon Slattery)