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EDF Energy East of England Media Awards shortlist is announced

The shortlist for the EDF Energy East of England Media Awards is revealed today.

The contest saw more than 200 entries from print and broadcast media submitted.

They have been whittled down to a final few by the judging panel, with the winners to be revealed at a ceremony at Whipsnade Zoo on January 31.

Topping the nominations list is the Cambridge Evening News, last year’s winner of the Daily Newspaper of the Year award, with seven chances for success this time around. The Ipswich Star and Peterborough Evening Telegraph are each nominated for five awards.

BBC Look East has six nominations, filling all four shortlist places in the Television Journalist of the Year category.

Among the weekly newspapers, the Cambs Times has three nominations across thethreefour, with two from the Evening Star up against the Cambridge Evening News.

Another popular category was Newcomer of the Year, where Tom Jackson, from the Cambs Times, Natalie Bowyer of The Hunts Post and Asha Mehta, from the Peterborough Evening Telegraph make up the shortlist.

The presentation ceremony will include a lunch and drinks, courtesy of the awards sponsors EDF Energy, and the individual winners will pick up a trophy and £100.

The full list of shortlisted nominees is:

Daily Newspaper of the Year

East Anglian Daily Times
Evening Star, Ipswich
Eastern Daily Press

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for)

Great Yarmouth Mercury
Essex Chronicle

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free)

Cambs Times
The Comet
The Hunts Post

Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)

Rachel Extance, Cambridge Evening News
David Powles, Norwich Evening News
Jon Austin, Basildon Echo
Neil Puffett, Evening Star
Kirsty Nicolson, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)

Paul Peterson, Yellow Advertiser
John Elworthy, Cambs Times
Elizabeth Reeve, Herts & Essex Observer

Television Journalist of the Year

Nick Lawrence, BBC Look East
Nikki Jenkins, BBC Look East
Kevin Burch, BBC Look East
Joel Mapp, BBC Look East

Radio Journalist of the Year

Paul Moseley, BBC Radio Norfolk
Chris Goreham, BBC Radio Norfolk
Alison Acton, BBC Radio Suffolk

Newcomer of the Year

Tom Jackson, Cambs Times
Natalie Bowyer, The Hunts Post
Asha Mehta, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Community Campaign of the Year

Evening Star
Yellow Advertiser
The Hunts Post
St Neots Weekly News

Front Page of the Year

The good, the bad and the future: Jon Elsey, Evening Star
Under siege: Jon Elsey, Evening Star
Failures: Murray Morse, Cambridge Evening News

Website of the Year
Archant Herts & Cambs

Feature Writer of the Year

Nikolas Shelton, Cambridge Evening News
Alice Ryan, Cambridge Evening News
Jemma Walton, Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Stacia Briggs, Norwich Evening News

Columnist of the Year

Lynne Mortimer, East Anglian Daily Times
Hannah Dunleavy, Cambridge Evening News
Adam Aiken, Eastern Daily Press
Nigel Thornton, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

News photographer of the Year

Antony Kelly, Archant Norfolk
James Bass, Eastern Daily Press
Alex Weatherill, Cambridge Evening News
Brian Purdy, Archant Herts & Cambs
Mark Cleveland, Yellow Advertiser

Sports Journalist of the Year

Derek Davis, East Anglian Daily Times
Mark Beyler, Herts Mercury
Christopher Lakey, Archant

Business Journalist of the Year

Jenny Chapman, Cambridge Evening News
Richard Bond, BBC Look East
Chris Starkie, Eastern Daily Press

Environmental Journalist of the Year

Richard Daniel, BBC Look East
Rebecca Peppiatt, Echo Newspaper
Sinead Holland, Herts & Essex Observer
Jonny Muir, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year

Jim Bowman, BBC Radio Suffolk
Martyn Weston, BBC Radio Norfolk

TV News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year

Diana Hare, BBC TV East
Steve Silk, BBC Look East