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Hampshire daily leads way in EDF Awards shortlist

The Southern Daily Echo leads the way in the list of nominations for the EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards which are published in full for the first time here today.

Newsquest’s Southampton-based title chalked up 14 nominations across eight different categories, including one for the prestigious daily newspaper of the year title, while two of its reporters feature on the five-strong shortlist for best daily journalist.

The shortlist also sees Bournemouth’s Daily Echo weigh in with eight nominations, with seven apiece for Brighton’s Argus and The News, Portsmouth.

The awards, run in association with HoldtheFrontPage, generated a record response from media organisations in the region, giving the judging panel a busy time as it worked its way through the 308 entries.

Among the weekly nominations is the Surrey Mirror, with three appearances, including one for reporter Nev Wilson who made a little bit of history last year by becoming the first person to win best newcomer and weekly journalist at the same event.

The Crawley News, East Grinstead Courier and Dorset Echo also all feature three times in the awards which cover Dorset, Hampshire, Kent, London, Surrey and East and West Sussex.

The awards ceremony takes place at The Globe theatre in London on 22 October. Scroll down to read the full shortlist:

Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)

Melanie Vass, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Martin Lea, Dorset Echo
Jenny Makin, Matt Smith, Southern Daily Echo, Southampton
Matt Jackson, The News, Portsmouth

Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)

Harriet Cooper, Courier Media Group
Alex Morrison, Crawley News
Katie Davies, Ham & High
Nev Wilson, Surrey Mirror

Newcomer of the Year

Harry Miller, Kirsty Whalley, Croydon Guardian
Arron Hendy, Dorset Echo
Matthew Watts, Streatham Guardian
Thais Portillho-Shrimpton, Sutton Guardian
Joanne Charlton, Croydon Advertiser

Daily Newspaper of the Year

Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Dorset Echo
Southern Daily Echo, Southampton
The Argus, Brighton
The News, Portsmouth

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for)

East London Advertiser
Gravesend and Dartford Messenger
Ham & High
Isle of Thanet Gazette
Surrey Mirror

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free)

Camden New Journal
Crawley News
East Grinstead Courier
Sutton Guardian

Website of the Year

Daily Echo, Bournemouth:
Get Surrey (Surrey & Berkshire Media):
Southern Daily Echo, Southampton:
Croydon Advertiser/The Post:

Feature Writer of the Year

Lisa Frascarelli, The Argus, Brighton
Faith Eckersall, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Sarah Jones, Sally Churchward, Paula Thompson, Southern Daily Echo, Southampton
Sarah Foster, The News, Portsmouth

Designer of the Year

John Nesbitt, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Lisa Tobin, Courier Media Group
Graeme Windell, The News, Portsmouth

Columnist of the Year

Gareth Lewis, Simon Carr, Ian Murray, Southern Daily Echo, Southampton
Faith Eckersall, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Mark Davison, Surrey Mirror
Sarah Foster, The News, Portsmouth

News Photographer of the Year

Richard Crease, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Tony Wood, Terry Applin, The Argus, Brighton
Malcolm Wells, The News, Portsmouth

Sports Journalist of the Year

Sam Munnery, Crawley News
Ian Wadley, Daily Echo, Bournemouth
Simon Osborn, East Grinstead Courier
Will Carson, Southern Daily Echo, Southampton
Jordan Cross, The News, Portsmouth

Business Journalist of the Year

Simon Carr, Gareth Lewis, Southern Daily Echo
Sam Thomson, The Argus
Paul Cahalan, Wandsworth Guardian

Community Campaign of the Year

The Argus, Brighton – Save our Station
East Grinstead Courier – Meter Madness
Gravesend and Dartford Messenger – Everyone Counts
Kentish Times – Hospital Rescue
Surrey Advertiser – Bring Back Our Bus

Environmental Journalist of the Year

Sally Churchward, Southern Daily Echo, Southampton
Sarah Lewis, The Argus, Brighton

Television Journalist of the Year

Andrew Pate, Richard Jones, Derek Johnson, Reshma Rumsey
All ITV Meridian

Television News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year

ITV Meridian Tonight Special – Justice for Hannah
ITV Meridian D-Day landings

Radio Journalist of the Year

Mark Carter, BBC Surrey
Xavier Zapata, Hayes FM
Ed Cook, BBC Radio Kent
Julia Burns, Mercury FM

Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year

BBC Radio Kent, Breakfast with John and Jules
BBC Surrey, The Mark Carter Show

There is no shortlist in the Front Page of the Year category. Click here to see the reasons why.