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Public vote in their thousands for top campaign

A public ballot to choose the best local newspaper campaign of the past 12 months has already attracted more than 5,000 votes.

Voting in the Newspaper Society’s Making a Difference poll to mark Local Newspaper Week began on Monday and ends today.

The winner will be announced by NS president Adrian Jeakings as part of the Regional Press awards ceremony at London’s Lancaster Hotel on Friday.

The NS revealed last night that five thousand votes had already been cast in the first two days of the poll, designed to showcase local newspapers’ ability to make a real difference to the communities they serve.

Meanwhile Yorkshire Post editor Jeremy Clifford has penned an opinion piece on the role of the local press as part of the Making a Difference campaign.

Writing on the online platform TwitLonger, he said: “There is far much more good than bad in our industry.”

Said Jeremy:  “Lord Justice Leveson ​in his report into standards and behaviour, ​made a point of recognising​ the very positive contribution the regional press make to society.

“He made a clear distinction between the behaviour of the national media and the regional press – praising the good that they do while faced with some of the most testing economic challenges.​

The YP’s campaign to highlight loneliness is one of the 30 shortlisted by the NS in its public vote

Added Jeremy: “Without a healthy, strong, independent press, it is highly likely that lives would be different – detrimentally different. So it is appropriate that we take this opportunity to highlight our achievements and celebrate our role.”

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  • May 14, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Would that be about 5000 out of population of about 60 million people?

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