Non-daily titles dominate the newspaper of the year category in this year’s How-Do media awards.
The monthly Cheshire Independent and weekly Crains Manchester Business and The Westmorland Gazette will do battle with the daily Lancashire Telegraph in the third annual awards run by the North West media website.
Crain’s Manchester Business will also go head-to-head with one of its niche regional rivals TheBusinessDesk.com in the media website category while The Bookazine, owned by Trinity Mirror’s Sport Media, is up for best magazine.
The judging panel included Philip Graf, former Trinity Mirror chief executive and currently deputy chairman of Ofcom, former editor of Newcastle’s Evening Chronicle Alison Hastings and political commentator Jim Hancock.
Entries were up 15pc on last year and the awards dinner takes place at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, on 29 April.
Jim Hancock will be the compere and the guest speaker is Robert Shrimsley, managing editor of FT.com.
The editorial shortlist is below while the complete list of nominations can be read at How-Do:
Crains Manchester Business
The Westmoreland Gazette
All Together Now!
Lancashire Business View
The Big Issue in the North
The Bookazine/Trinity Mirror Sport Media
Independent TV/Radio Production Company
All Out Productions
Made in Manchester
Nine Lives Media
Terror on the Doorstep?/BBC Inside Out North
Future of Food- BBC2/Blakeway North
Lunch Monkeys/Channel K
BBC History of the World series/The Tale of Two Cities/Nine Lives Media
Britain’s Biggest Heists/The Great Train Robbery/Title Role Productions
BBC Radio Cumbria
100.4 Smooth Radio
When the King Met the President/ All Out Productions
The Mike Parr Breakfast Show/ BBC Radio Cumbria
Six minutes past three- remembering Hillsborough/BBC Radio Merseyside
Gay Life After Saddam/ Made in Manchester
The Andy Peebles Show/Smooth Radio
The Rob Ellis Show/Galaxy Radio