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South West Media Awards shortlist published

The shortlist for the EDF Energy South West Media Awards is published here for the first time today.

The awards, held in association with HoldtheFrontPage, are designed to honour the best in print, broadcast and online journalism in an area stretching from Wiltshire to Cornwall.

Leading the way in the race for nominations is the Bristol Post with 12, followed by the Swindon Advertiser with ten and the Western Morning News with nine.

The three daily titles will do battle with The Citizen, Gloucester, for the prestigious Daily Newspaper of the Year prize.

The Western Gazette also figures strongly in the shortlist with five nominations as does ITV Westcountry, also with five.

All those shortlisted, along with their guests, will be invited to a celebration presentation event, courtesy of EDF Energy, where individual award winners will receive a £100 cheque, as well as a certificate and trophy.

The awards ceremony will take place at the National Trust’s Assembly Rooms in Bath on Thursday 28 June.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Newcomer of the Year
Scott D’arcy, Swindon Advertiser
Emma Dunn, Swindon Advertiser
Robert Golledge, Western Gazette
Toby Meyjes, The Cornishman
Laura Shack, Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard
Nicholas Webster, Western Gazette

Environmental Journalist of the Year
Martin Hesp, Western Morning News
Suzanne Savill, Bristol Evening Post

Business Journalist of the Year
Jonathan Gibson, ITV Westcountry
Michael Ribbeck, Bristol Evening Post
Liz Parks, Western Morning News

News Photographer of the Year
Richard Austin, Western Morning News
James Douglas, Swindon Advertiser
Barbara Evripidou, Bristol Evening Post
Stewart Harrison, Swindon Advertiser
Laura Jones, Western Gazette
Jon Kent, Bristol Evening Post

Sports Journalist of the Year
Steve Cotton, Bristol Evening Post
Andrew Jones, North Devon Journal
James McNamara, Bristol Evening Post
Nick Purewal, Gloucestershire Media

Feature Writer of the Year
Lyn Barton, Western Morning News
Jackie Butler, Western Morning News
Dominic Harris, Bristol Evening Post
Janet King, Western Morning News

Columnist of the Year
Tom Bradshaw, Bath Chronicle
Sarah Feeley, Bristol Evening Post
Barrie Hudson, Swindon Advertiser
Gillian Molesworth, Western Morning News
Becky Sheaves, Western Morning News

Designer of the Year
Jo Kidby, ITV Westcountry
David Lewins, Bristol News & Media
Joyce Matthews, Gloucestershire Media

Radio Journalist of the Year
Martin Jones, BBC Somerset
Robin Markwell, BBC Bristol
Graham Smith, BBC Radio Cornwall

Television Journalist
Steve Brodie, BBC Points West
Jonathan Gibson, ITV Westcountry
Matthew Hill, BBC West

Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)
Ginette Davies, West Briton
Chloe Hubbard, North Devon Journal
Oliver Hulme, Mid Somerset News & Media
Nicholas Webster, Western Gazette
Richard Wevill, Mid Devon Gazette

Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)
Geoff Bennett, Bristol Evening Post
Katie Bond, Swindon Advertiser
Emily Koch, Bristol Evening Post
Tristan Nichols, The Herald (Plymouth)

Website of the Year
Bristol 24-7

Community Campaign of the Year
Packet Newspapers – Save Our Station
The Cornishman – Hands Off Our Hospital
West Briton – Who Cares?
West Briton – Joshua’s Dreams
West Briton- Falmouth First

Front Page of the Year
Cornish Guardian – Up in smoke
Swindon Advertiser – Handchuffed
Swindon Advertiser – The final day
Swindon Advertiser – Can do

Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
Hospital Radio Plymouth – Community Events Programming
BBC Radio Cornwall – Laurence Reed’s Lunchtime Phone-In
BBC Radio Somerset – Matt Faulkner at Breakfast

Television News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
BBC Inside Out West – Special Edition
ITV West & Westcountry – M5 Crash
ITV Westcountry Tonight – America’s Cup Special
ITV Westcountry Tonight – The Queen on the Scillies

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free)
Midweek Herald
Nailsea, Clevedon & Portishead Times

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for)
Exmouth Journal
North Devon Journal
Western Gazette
The Cornishman

Daily Newspaper of the Year
Bristol Evening Post
The Citizen
Swindon Advertiser
Western Morning News


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  • May 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

    It must be a bitter irony for the Bristol Evening Post staff to be rewarded for excellence with a cull on the newsroom floor.

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  • May 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Absolutely . Lets not congratulate anyone for being the best at what they do. In fact let’s not have any awards while people are losing their jobs. The last thing we need is any encouragement.

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  • May 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    giving people awards for doing their jobs properly? I thought that only happened to long-serving civil servants and their undeserved OBEs. But I guess many journos have big egos.
    Everyone working as a hack in today’s insane and under-staffed industry should get the BST; Blood Sweat and Tears award.

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