The shortlist can now be revealed for the EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards 2008.
This year’s awards received nominations from across the media spectrum, from small free weekly papers to big regional dailies along with radio, TV and online journalists.
Judges spent a busy day assessing over 250 entries from Dorset, Hampshire, Kent, London, Surrey and East and West Sussex.
EDF Energy’s sponsorship means there are £100 cash prizes for individual winners and trophies for all category champions.
Claire Byrd, head of regional media relations at EDF Energy, said: “The judges were really pleased with the number and quality of entries for these awards.
“Some categories were a real pleasure to judge. There was a superb standard of work submitted, making some of the shortlists very hard to select.”
The News, in Portsmouth, has a strong presence on the shortlist with ten finalists in seven sections including all three in the Designer of the Year category.
While the Surrey Mirror’s Nev Wilson has been shortlisted in both the Best Newcomer and Best Print Journalist Weekly categories.
The lunchtime awards ceremony will be held at London Zoo, in Regent’s Park, on Thursday October 23.
The shortlisted entries are:
Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)
Simon Jones, The News, Portsmouth
Lawrence Marzouk The Argus
Matt Jackson The News, Portsmouth
Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)
Newcomer of the Year
Marina Soteriou, Kentish Times
Nev Wilson, Surrey Mirror
Sarah Marshall, Kent Messenger Group
Hannah Webster, Surrey Herald
David Farbrother, Surrey Mirror
Sarah Nicholls, Western Gazette
Daily Newspaper of the Year
The News, Portsmouth
Daily Echo, Bournemouth
The Argus, Brighton
Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for)
Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free)
Kentish Times Series (Bexley Times)
Front Page of the Year
Daily Echo, Bournemouth – Miracle Escape
The Argus, Brighton – Gutted
The News, Portsmouth – Pompey Expects
Website of the Year
Hamstead & Highgate Express
Feature Writer of the Year
Jeremy Miles, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Maria Court, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Alan Watkins, Medway Messenger
Simon Toft, The News, Portsmouth
Designer of the Year
Alan Cooper, The News, Portsmouth
Pete Gavan, The News, Portsmouth
Phil Riley, The News, Portsmouth
Columnist of the Year
Neal Butterworth, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
The Single Life with Welsh & Welch, The Docklands
Chris Parnell, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
News Photographer of the Year
Stuart Emmerson, Harrow and Wembley Observer
Alan Jones, The Argus, Brighton
Simon Dack, The Argus, Brighton
Sports Journalist of the Year
Neil Allen, The News, Portsmouth
Simon Osborn, Surrey Mirror
Jonathan Clegg, East London Advertiser
Sam Munnery, Crawley News
Business Journalist of the Year
Community Campaign of the Year
Environmental Journalist of the Year
Malcolm Shaw, ITV Meridian
Eleanor Stride, Gazette Newspapers
Television Journalist of the Year
Beverley Thompson, BBC South East Today
Mike Pearse, ITV Thames Valley and Meridian
Tom Chown, Kent TV
Jon Hunt, BBC South East Today
Jonathan Gibson, ITV West Country
Radio Journalist of the Year
Paul Jenner, BBC Southern Counties
Ed Cook, BBC Radio Kent
Petrina Hope, Mercury FM
Alex Ward, BBC Radio Kent
Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
BBC Radio Kent
TV News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
BBC South East Today
ITV Thames Valley
ivy likes (01/09/2008 13:17:03)
Seems to be the same old finalists in the same old categories year after year.
I see the Western Gazette, based in Somerset, now seems to be in London and the South.
Shome mishtake surely?
Andy (01/09/2008 14:49:27)
Could these awards not be extended to cover Berkshire? The royal county is currently being missed out and there are several good papers here.
Cynical Old Sub (01/09/2008 15:46:30)
Probably the same old faces who pay the same old fees to enter.
David Taylor (01/09/2008 19:01:11)
In response to Ivy, the W. Gazette might have its office in Somerset but their nominee, Sarah Nicholls, is based in Dorset as the Shaftesbury Correspondent – and what a breath of fresh air she has been since being here! Brilliant reporter who has taken the community to heart, and been taken into the heart of the community.
Best of luck Sarah!
(David Taylor, TIC Manager)
baffledbeyondbelief (03/09/2008 21:32:43)
What is the point in having three people from the same paper up for one award (design)? Surely there must have been some decent entries from elsewhere to balance the nominations… The News isn’t that great!
Northern Snapper (02/10/2008 17:55:28)
Well done to all nominees, if you’ve been nominated before that’s because you are consistently good. Ignore all the sour grape rhetoric in other comments.
Now please EDF, can we have a similar media awards for the Yorkshire/North East region?