Journalists and broadcasters will gather next week the first O2 Media Awards for Cheshire and Merseyside.
The editorial team from Granada Reports is also shortlisted in four awards while the finalists of the news reporting section all hail from the Liverpool Echo.
Weekly titles Chester Chronicle and Widnes Weekly News will battle big regional dailies for the newspaper of the year crown.
Awards spokesman Mark Rossiter said the awards scheme had been so well received that O2 was considering rolling out similar awards for other parts of the country.
The winners will be announced at a presentation evening on Thursday at the company’s headquarters in Preston Brook, Cheshire.
The shortlist of entries is:
Newspaper of the Year
Widnes Weekly News
News Reporter of the Year
Ben Turner – Liverpool Echo
Mary Murtagh – Liverpool Echo
Ben Rossington – Liverpool Echo
Scoop of the Year
Photographer of the Year
Colin Lane – Liverpool Daily Post and Echo
Mike Boden – Warrington Guardian
Jason Roberts – Liverpool Daily Post and Echo
Feature Writer of the Year
Laura Davies – Daily Post
Paddy Shennan – Liverpool Echo
Peter Grant – Liverpool Echo
Sports Journalist of the Year
Mike Hall – Granada Reports
Steve Hothersall – Radio City
Peter Gittins – Silk FM
Editorial Team of the Year
Digital Journalist of the Year
Tony Clixby – Chester Chronicle
Rebecca Edwards – Chester Chronicle
David Chana – Warrington Guardian
TV Broadcast Journalist of the Year
Tessa Chapman – Granada Reports
Andy Gill – BBC North West Tonight
Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Rebecca Wood – Silk FM
Sarah Poole – Wire FM