The jury of the European Newspaper of the Year has singled out De Morgen as the national news medium. This award is one of the highest European distinctions for the design and layout of dailies.
Other winners this year include the local newspaper Kvinnheringen in Norway, the regional newspaper Ara in Spain and Expresso (a weekly) in Portugal. The jury selected four winners out of 196 entries from 26 countries.
In April of this year, De Morgen won the international award for the 'World's Best Designed Newspaper'. As with the first award, this award recognises the layout makeover that art director Arne Depuydt introduced last year with help from his team and the Polish designer Jacek Utko. Audacity and creativity, with respect for text and photography, are the basic ideas behind the design. Unlike the designers of many other international newspapers, the designers of De Morgen concentrate their efforts not only on the front page, but pay due attention to each page.
Like editors in chief Lisbeth Imbo and An Goovaerts, Arne Depuydt is very pleased with this award: “Our efforts to make a difference are bearing fruit and attracting international attention. At a time when it is crucial to inform the reader clearly and properly, such recognition is more important than ever.”
Design is in De Morgen’s DNA, as can be gauged from the fact that the newspaper has won this leading award for the third time (having won it also in 2004 and 2006).
The business publication De Tijd is the only other Belgian newspaper that has managed to win this award (in 2012).
The 17th presentation of the award will take place in Vienna in May 2016.