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