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Awards shortlist announced

The nominations for the inaugural West Midlands Media Awards have been announced.

The competition attracted more than 250 entries from the West Midlands and surrounding area.

And those in the running for an award include staff from The Sentinel and Sunday Sentinel in Stoke; the Express & Star, Wolverhampton; and the Evening Mail, Daily Post and Sunday Mercury in Birmingham.

To see the awards shortlist in full, click here.

The winners will be announced during an awards night at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on Thursday, March 20, which will be hosted by former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie and Carlton TV presenter Bob Warman.

  • Bob Warman (left)
    and Kelvin MacKenzie
  • Kelvin, who edited the Sun for 13 years and previously worked for the Birmingham Post and Mail in its Bromsgrove office said: “I’m enormously excited about the awards.

    “As well as working in Bromsgrove, I was a sub-editor at Birmingham – I had a stunning time and look upon it as an area where I am among friends.”

    On the night 13 awards will be handed out, covering all forms of media, from newspapers to broadcasting and the Internet.

    A top prize of £1,000 will go to the winner of the Scoop of the Year category, while the winners of the Daily News Reporter of the Year; Weekly News Reporter of the Year; News Photographer of the Year; Sports Photographer of the Year; Sports Journalist of the Year; Business Journalist of the Year; Newcomer of the Year; Best Use of Technology; Best Advocate for the Region and Headline of the Year categories will all receive £250.

    Engraved trophies will be handed to the winners of the Newspaper of the Year and Irritant of the Year – a special category to find the region’s most irritating individual in the public eye during the past year.

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