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Diss Express designer’s joy at award win

Diss Express designer Debbie Rodman has won a top national award for her work on our weekly Culture supplement.

Debbie was singled out in the Regional Press Awards 2019, organised by the Society of Editors.

She was shortlisted for the Designer of the Year – Newspaper title, before learning she had taken the top prize on June 26.

Debbie Rodman, who won best designer at the Regional Press Awards.Picture: Mecha Morton.
Debbie Rodman, who won best designer at the Regional Press Awards.Picture: Mecha Morton.

From a field of almost 700 entries, the winners and highly commended were announced in a video event which replaced the planned gala awards lunch due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Debbie said winning the title had been a shock.

She added: “I’m very proud of what we have achieved with Culture since it launched in 2017 and am delighted to be recognised, but it’s only been possible thanks to the enthusiastic and talented team we have here at the Diss Express and the wider company.”

The judges praised Debbie’s “classy, stylish design and layout”, adding: “It’s a skilled sub who can take a conventional design and update it without jarring the readers – this is a good cross-section of the skills to draw readers to pages that often don’t get the credit they deserve. “

The judges praised Debbie for the “great use of images and clean typography” across her pages.

The awards recognise excellence in the regional and local print press.

In a video message of support, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden paid tribute to all who worked in the regional press.

He added: “Local and regional press have a particularly unique role to play, both in holding local politicians to account and in building a sense of community.”

Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors, said: “We were determined that all the fantastic work carried out by the regional and local press did not go unrecognised.

“Anyone looking at the breadth and scale of the entries for this year’s awards will recognise the tremendous and vital role the sector plays in our nation.”

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