THE EWN MEDIA GROUP is delighted to announce that the Euro Weekly News was named Best Free Publication at the 2017 Spanish Periodical Association (AEEPP) Awards on Tuesday February 28.
EWN publishers Michel and Steven Euesden were on hand to collect the award at the glittering gala event, which took place in the Auditorium of the famous Royal Post Office building in Madrid.
The AEEPP event is now in its 11th year, and it is considered to be among the most prestigious press awards in Spain.
According to the organisers, the winner of the Best Free Publication award demonstrates “the most impressive knowledge of the publishing world alongside the greatest imagination, sense of originality, innovation and risk-taking.”
The jury featured Francisco Hortigüela, communications and marketing director for Samsung Spain, Matilde Pelegri, president of Senda Group, and Elia Mendez, director general of the Spanish Mobile Marketing Association, among others.
The AEEPP comprises around 100 publishing firms which together produce more than 900 titles covering both online and printed media, with an estimated annual readership of almost 130 million.
After collecting the award, a thrilled Michel said: “What an incredible achievement to be recognised by a major Spanish Press Association as the best free newspaper in Spain.
“This has come after 21 long hard years for the brilliant EWN family past and present who never fail to deliver.
“We were so proud to stand on the podium and collect the award for these dedicated professionals.
“We also want to thank all of our loyal clients and dedicated readers who have supported our six publications of the Euro Weekly News over the years.
“This prize has come at the most exciting time in our journey as we have just purchased the RTN newspaper in Costa Blanca North and South.
“We are also launching EWN Algarve and are just about to complete a purchase on another title.
“Therefore it leaves me nothing more to say but a very humbled thank you to all the fantastic people we are privileged to work alongside on a daily basis – you made the award possible and for that we are eternally grateful.
“Viva España y Gracias!”
Steven added: “Wonderful to receive this recognition of all the hard work that the EWN team put into the paper week in week out. We know how hard we all work, nice to see that a Spanish press association also recognises it.
“We are so proud of everyone.”
The full list of winners was as follows:
Category A – Editorial
Best Professional Publication: Sobremesa magazine
Best Free Publication: Euro Weekly News
Best General Publications Editor: Fernando Yarza Lopez-Madrazo for his transformation of the former Heraldo publishing group into the Henneo group, which includes the Spanish national newspaper ‘20 Minutos’
Best printed publication: Amante magazine
Best Digital Publication: Director TIC, part of TAI Editorial
New Publication of the Year: The Evooleium Olive Oil Guide by Edimarket Editores SL.
Internationalisation Award: Editorial MIC
Professional Growth Award: Senda Media Group and Nexo Media Group
Innovation Awards: JP Media, Movewoman and Las Mujeres nos Movemos digital apps, Habla Humano de Elocuent podcast, Principia magazine
Honorary Award: Miguel de Haro, creator of IPMark magazine and nationally renowned editor
Category B – Advertising
Campaign of the Year: ‘Inclusion’ by ONCE
Advert of the Year: ‘Victoria50’ by Procter & Gamble
Best Media Agency: GroupM
Outstanding Communications Professional: Juan Ramon Plana, Director of the Spanish Advertising Association
Category C – Special Awards
Outstanding Public Institution: National Archaeology Museum, Madrid
Solidarity Award: The Aladina Foundation, for their work with young cancer sufferers