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Shortlist for East of England media awards unveiled

The shortlist can now be revealed for the EDF Energy East 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.

Norwich’s Evening News topped the list for the number of nominations among the region’s daily titles with seven, followed by the Cambridge News and Peterbrough Evening Telegraph with five apiece.

Among weekly papers, the Herts & Essex Observer led the way with five nominations, followed by four for the Cambridgeshire Times.

In the broadcast categories, BBC Look East received five nominations while BBC Radio Norfolk received four.

Judges spent a busy day assessing more than 200 entries from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordsire.

Claire Byrd, head of regional media relations at EDF Energy and one of the six judges 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.”

EDF Energy’s sponsorship means there are £100 cash prizes for individual winners and trophies for all category champions.

The lunchtime awards ceremony will be held at Dunston in Norwich on Thursday 22 January.

The shortlisted entries are:

Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)

Rebecca Lefort, Evening Star
Raymond Brown, Cambridge News
James Hore, East Anglian Daily Times
Anthony Bond, East Anglian Daily Times
Jon Austin, Basildon Echo

Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)

Maggie Gibson, Cambs Times
Tom Jackson, Cambs Times
John Elworthy, Cambs Times
Neil Speight, Thurrock Gazette

Newcomer of the Year

Karen Davis, Yellow Advertiser
Mariam Ghaemi, Braintree and Witham Times
Chris Havergal, Cambridge News
Sam Emanuel, Norwich Evening News

Daily Newspaper of the Year

Evening Star, Ipswich
Basildon Echo
Norwich Evening News

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for)

Lowestoft Journal
Essex Chronicle
Great Yarmouth Mercury

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free)

Bedfordshire on Sunday
The Comet
The Hunts Post

Front Page of the Year

Herts & Essex Observer
Basildon Echo
Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Wisbech Standard
Lowestoft Journal

Website of the Year

Feature Writer of the Year

Angela Singer, The Hunts Post
Claire Borley, Echo Newspapers
Jemma Walton, Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Hannah Gray, Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Alice Ryan, Cambridge News

Designer of the Year

Jonathan Elsey, Evening Star
Simon Proctor, Eastern Daily Press
Alex Day, Herts & Essex Observer

Columnist of the Year

John Mann, Herts & Essex Observer
Stacia Briggs, Norwich Evening News
Hannah Dunleavy, Cambridge News
Nigel Thornton, Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Paul Kirkley, Cambridge News

News Photographer of the Year

Martin Dalton, Yellow Advertiser
Nick Butcher, Archant Norfolk
Anthony Kelly, Archant Norfolk

Sports Journalist of the Year

Matthew Chambers, Norwich Evening News
David Rimmer, Herts & Essex Observer
Jonathan Park, BBC Look East
Nick Garnham, EADT / Evening Star
Chris Lakey, Eastern Daily Press

Business Journalist of the Year

Sam Williams, Norwich Evening News
Adam Aiken, Eastern Daily Press

Community Campaign of the Year

Herts & Essex Observer
Norwich Evening News
Haverhill News
BBC Radio Suffolk
Cambs Times

Environmental Journalist of the Year

Kate Scotter, Norwich Evening News
Jon Welch, Eastern Daily Press
Hannah Gray, Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Television Journalist of the Year

Kevin Burch, BBC Look East
Alex Dunlop, BBC Look East
Simon Newton, Anglia TV
Julian Sturdy, BBC Look East

Radio Journalist of the Year

Jon Wright, BBC Radio Suffolk
Kate Riley, BBC Radio Norfolk
Paul Moseley, BBC Radio Norfolk
Lyn McKinney, BBC Radio Norfolk

Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year

BBC Radio Suffolk – Mark Murphy’s Breakfast Show
BBC Radio Norfolk – Breakfast with Bumfrey

TV News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year

BBC East – Inside Out
ITV Anglia News
BBC Look East


Sylvia Kent (03/03/2009 16:36:29)
Can freelancers take part in next awards?