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Judges run the rule over South West awards entries

Judges are meeting today to choose the shortlist for this year’s EDF Energy South West Media Awards.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, the awards topped more than 300 entries for the first time.

Held in association with HoldtheFrontPage, the awards cover 20 categories ranging from digital, sport, television, radio and news print journalist to community campaign, website, radio programme, weekly and daily newspaper of the year.

The judging panel, which includes experienced editors and broadcasters from the East of England region, is meeting at Anglia TV in Norwich today to consider its choices.

On the panel are Steve Adams, picture editor at Archant Norfolk, Stacia Briggs, Eastern Daily Press senior writer and columnist, Colin Channon, editor, Basildon Echo, John Elworthy, editor, Cambs Times, Terry Hunt, editor, East Anglian Daily Times, Paul Linford, editor, HoldtheFrontPage, Tim Williams, managing editor, Archant Norfolk, Nick Woodhead, editor, Lynn News and Simon Wright, editor, ITV Anglia.

Judge Nick Woodhead, editor of the Lynn News, said: “It’s important to recognise and celebrate the work of journalists in the regional media. They do a vital job across a range of platforms holding authority to account, celebrating local success and providing the latest news to their communities.

“What often starts as a great local news story can go on to have ramifications at a national level – that’s why we need to pay tribute to the very best in regional journalism and why the EDF Energy Regional Media  Awards matter.”

Shortlists for the 20 categories will be announced on HTFP, and on Twitter at @EDFEnergyComms and @journalism_news. The awards ceremony will be held in early July.