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Shortlists announced for Regional Press Awards

Shortlists for the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards celebrating the best of British regional newspaper journalism in 2011 have been announced.

A total of 740 entries were received for the awards which will be handed out at an Oscars-style lunchtime awards ceremony at the Savoy Place, London, on 25 May.

The awards have been made possible by the lead sponsorship of UK Power Networks and are also supported by Asda, media law firm Foot Anstey, the Press Association, Silverstream TV and HoldTheFrontPage, which will sponsor the award for Young Journalist of the Year for the second year running.

The Society of Editors organises the awards in conjunction with the Newspaper Society.

Chairman of the judges Paul Horrocks said: “Panels of independent judges have pored over more than 700 entries to produce the shortlists.

“The entries demonstrated the amazing quality of journalistic effort that is still being produced in these challenging times for the whole of the media and regional and local papers in particular.”

The awards ceremony, hosted by broadcaster Nick Ferrari, will start at 12noon and will be followed by lunch. The Editor of the Year and Newspaper of the Year awards will be presented at the end of the lunch.

Society of Editors executive director Bob Satchwell said: “We are again pleased to help celebrate the brilliant journalism in local and regional newspapers which provides a terrific service to communities across the UK against a difficult economic background.”

For tickets or tables for the event please contact Kate McMillan at or on 07736 070066.

Availability is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets for industry members are £65 or £75 for those outside the industry.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Young Journalist of the Year

Ashleigh Barbour – Aberdeen Press and Journal

Dominic Howell – Nottingham Post

Alice Hutton – Cambridge News

Emily Koch – Bristol Evening Post

Ruth Lawson – NCJ Media

Business & Finance Journalist of the Year

Simon Bain – The Herald, Glasgow

Jenny Chapman – Cambridge News

Jon Griffin – Birmingham Mail

Robin Johnson – Derby Telegraph

Catherine Lea – Hull Daily Mail

Specialist Writer of the Year

Jon Austin – Basildon Echo

Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life

Paul Gallagher – Manchester Evening News

Seanin Graham – Irish News

Nicky Harley – Hull Daily Mail

Feature Writer of the Year

Lucy Adams – The Herald, Glasgow

Janet King – Western Morning News

Lee Marlow – Leicester Mercury

John McGurk – Sunday Life

Adam Wakelin – Leicester Mercury

Columnist of the Year

Aled Blake – Western Mail

Carolyn Hitt – Western Mail

Ian Midgley – Hull Daily Mail

Elaine Morgan – Western Mail

Paul Taylor – Manchester Evening News

Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year

Matthew Elder – Fife Free Press

Danny Hall – Sheffield Star, Grass Roots

Mark Jenkin – North Devon Journal

Amanda Little – Cumberland News

David Powell – North Devon Journal

Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

Steven Beacom – Belfast Telegraph

Jon Colman – Carlisle News & Star

Mark Douglas – Sunday Sun

John Gibson – Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Simon Walter – Southern Daily Echo

Weekly Photographer of the Year

Stephen Garnett – Craven Herald

Michael Gillen – Falkirk Herald

Sean Hansford – Rochdale Observer

John Jenkins – Lincolnshire Echo

Joe Lord – East London Advertiser

Daily/Sunday Photographer of the Year

Anthony Chappel-Ross – The Press, York

Rowland Hobson – Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Simon Hulme – Yorkshire Post

Gary Longbottom – Yorkshire Post

Ian Robinson – Lancashire Evening Post

Weekly Reporter of the Year

Gareth Davies – Croydon Advertiser

Stuart Greer – Oldham Advertiser

Tom Jennings – Witney Gazette

Lui Straccia – Luton on Sunday

Louise Wallace – Lincolnshire Echo

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

Bimpe Archer – Irish News

Jon Austin – Basildon Echo

Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life

John McGurk – Sunday Life

Ben Rossington – Liverpool Echo

Designer of the Year Award

Gary Beckwith – Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Ian Bond – Hull Daily Mail

Sean Collins – The Journal, Newcastle

David Lewins – Bristol Evening Post

Doug Young – Newcastle Evening Chronicle

The Digital Award – Belfast Telegraph

Liverpool Post and Echo

Manchester Evening News – Norwich Evening News

The 12 Plays of Christmas – Lancashire Evening Post

Supplement of the Year

Yorkshire Post Magazine

Weekend – Belfast Telegraph

Culture – The Journal, Newcastle

NE Business Magazine – The Journal, Newcastle

Western Mail Magazine

Special Supplement of the Year

The Blitz – Hull Daily Mail

Welsh Warriors – Wales on Sunday

Skelmersdale celebrates 50 years – Skelmersdale Advertiser

Most Influential – The Journal, Newcastle

Liverpool Playhouse – Liverpool Daily Post

Front Page of the Year

Carried on a Sea of Unity – Belfast Telegraph

Help Bring These Rioters to Justice – Croydon Advertiser

The Night Fire Took Lives of My four Babies – Derby Telegraph

Wanted – Lancashire Evening Post

Is This How You Feel? – Western Mail

Scoop of the Year

Bimpe Archer – Irish News

Jon Austin – Basildon Echo

Nicky Harley – Hull Daily Mail

Neil Macfarlane – Evening Gazette, Middlesborough

Rob Waugh & John Roberts – Yorkshire Post

Campaign of the Year

Lillian’s Law – Croydon Advertiser

An Industry Betrayed – Derby Telegraph

Missing from Home – Manchester Evening News

Fighting Censorship by Killers – Sunday Life

Whistleblower – Wirral Globe

Weekly Newspaper (below 20k)

The Northern Scot

The Ulster Herald

Brentwood Gazette

Birmingham Post

Cumberland and Westmorland Herald

Weekly Newspaper (above 20k)

Essex Chronicle

Newbury Weekly News

Camden New Journal

Westmorland Gazette

Surrey Advertiser

Daily/Sunday (below 25k)

Cambridge News

Lancashire Evening Post

The Journal, Newcastle

Ipswich Evening Star

Carlisle News and Star

Daily/Sunday (above 25k)

Sunday Life

Manchester Evening News

Belfast Telegraph

Sunday Mercury

Yorkshire Post


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  • April 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Erm…did any free newspapers enter? A cursory glance seems that only one free gets a look in at these awards.
    Once again paid-fors dominate the short list with the same old suspects trotted out.

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  • April 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Is there no shortlist for Editor of the Year – or are you waiting to see who still has a job (or a paper) by then?

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  • April 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Who’s going to enter editor of the year tho – seems a bit egotistical eh! As you have to pay to enter that rules out most of the frees I would imagine…

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  • April 18, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    They should have some new categories – most cocked up cut back, biggest slash of staff, and best ‘other interest’ pursued by a former editor…

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  • April 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Well done to all those shortlisted. It’s nice to read something on this website other than redundancy gloom and doom.

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  • April 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Totally agree with “typical”. It’s always the big boys with their huge newsrooms and budgets who are favoured over smaller set-ups which produce fantastic papers on a shoestring. Throw enough money at an operation and you’re going to produce a decent product – but achieve the same without any cash or staff and then you’re really proving something. Why no category for frees, and while we’re at it, why the exorbitant entry fees?

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  • April 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Overlooked, Typical, what about the individuals shortlisted – don’t they deserve recognition? I can think of one good example from the Young Journalist category who’s making a real name for herself for all the right reasons, not least hard work and attention to detail.

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  • April 18, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    The only people who are interested are those still fortunate to be working in the industry.
    Readers, of course, don’t give a hoot about such things.

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