Judges will this week begin the task of poring over more than 600 entries for the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards.
The entry deadline for the awards, designed to celebrate the best of British regional newspaper journalism during 2012, passed last week.
Society of Editors executive director Bob Satchwell said: “I’m sure the judges will be massively impressed with the brilliant work of local journalists who serve their communities day in and day out.”
Shortlists will be published on the awards website www.theregionalpressawards.org.uk in mid-April.
Winners will be announced at a lunchtime awards ceremony to be held at the Savoy Place, London on Friday 17 May.
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