The Leeuwarder Courant has been named European Newspaper of the Year for the second time.
The award is an international prize for the design of newspapers. According to designers Alie Veenhuizen and Marjan Steenbergen, you can see the prizes as something like the Oscars for European newspapers. An international jury of experts judged 178 newspapers from 25 countries this year, and awarded four main prizes.
The Leeuwarder Courant also won the prize in 2013. Then the newspaper had just switched to tabloid format. This year, Groningen-based graphic designer Koos Staal helped change up the design and layout. It was these innovations in design that led to the Award. “We have given this classic newspaper a pleasant twist; the top stories now have a magazine style, which refreshes the paper every day,” said Staal, who lives in Haren, to the Dagblad van het Noorden.
The professional jury praised the LC for the design of its front pages and its use of images. The prize will be officially awarded in Vienna in April.