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Judging line-up for media awards unveiled

The line up of judges for this year’s EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards can now be unveiled.

Judging for the awards, run in association with HoldtheFrontPage, is taking place later this month in Derby with the ceremony to be held in October.

As usual our six-person panel of judges contains some impressive names with decades of journalistic experience, including the current president of the Society of Editors.

The deadline for the awards, which cover Dorset, Hampshire, Kent, London, Surrey and East and West Sussex, is now being extended by a week until Friday 24 July to allow hard-pressed newsrooms more time to get their entries together.

Here is our judging panel:

  • Nigel Pickover has been editor of the Evening Star, Ipswich, since 1996 and is also currently the president of the Society of Editors.

    Nigel began his career at 17 as a trainee on The Star, in Sheffield, and has worked as a sub-editor on both the Daily Mail and Daily Express.

  • Steve Hall is editor of the Derby Telegraph, having first joined the paper from the Ilkeston Advertiser as a reporter more than 20 years ago.

    Progressing through the Northcliffe ranks he became editor of the Express and Echo, Exeter, in 1997 before returning to Derby as editor in 2005.

  • Gary Phelps is group editor of Central Independent Newspapers, which includes the Tamworth Herald, Lichfield Mercury and Walsall Advertiser.

    Before taking up the role, he had been editor of CIN’s Sutton Coldfield Observer between 2000 and 2005 and was also previously deputy group editor.

  • Paul Delmar has been responsible for training many of the country’s finest press photographers.

    After working in national newspapers, Paul helped establish the press photography and photojournalism course at Sheffield College where he is now course leader.

  • Karen Ainsley is a former regional TV reporter and presenter and provides the main broadcasting expertise on the panel.

    She began her journalism career as a reporter on weekly and evening papers and is an experienced Chartered Institute of Public Relations-approved media trainer.

  • James Barber is EDF Energy’s external communications manager for the South-East.

    He began his career as a reporter at the Herts and Essex Observer and was deputy chief sub at the Norwich Evening News and assistant chief sub at The Argus, Brighton, before taking up his present role.

    With the deadline being extended, there is still a week to enter any of the 20 categories.

    The entry form with award criteria can be downloaded here.

    Completed forms should be sent to:

    Paul Linford
    Northcliffe House
    Meadow Road
    DE1 2BH.