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East of England media awards shortlist unveiled

The contenders for the EDF Energy East of England Media Awards 2014 have been revealed with the Eastern Daily Press leading the way in the race for prizes.

The Archant Norfolk title figures strongly in the shortlist with nominations for the website, community campaign, front page and daily newspaper of the year awards as well as four individual awards.

Local World title the Essex Chronicle also features highly with four of the six nominees for newcomer of the year currently working for the paper.

Held in association with Hold the Front Page, the awards are now in their 10th year and aim to recognise the best in journalism across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Judging this year’s entries were Ian Murray, editor of the Southern Daily Echo, Mark Waldron, editor of The News, Portsmouth, Christine Alsford, senior correspondent at ITV Meridian, Paul Linford, editor of, Chris Britcher, editor of Kent on Sunday, Keith Redbourn, editor of the Hampshire Chronicle, Andy Steggall of Pergall Media and BBC South, Matt Graveling, BBC Radio Surrey reporter and Paul Collins, picture editor at the Southern Daily Echo.

All those shortlisted will be invited to an awards ceremony, to be held on Thursday February 26.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Newcomer of the Year

•Chris Dyer, The Essex Chronicle
•Bev Rimmer, BOB FM
•Mark Summers, Mustard TV
•Megan Tatum, The Essex Chronicle
•Peter Walker, The Essex Chronicle
•Will Watkinson, The Essex Chronicle

Digital Journalist of the Year

•Michael Bailey, Archant Norfolk
•Nick Gill, The Comet

Specialist Journalist of the Year

•Jon Austin, Investigative journalist, Basildon / Southend Echo
•James Dwan, Political correspondent, Clacton Gazette
•Chris Dyer, Crime correspondent, The Essex Chronicle
•Emma Hutchinson, Political correspondent, ITV News Anglia

News Photographer of the Year

•Steve Adams, Eastern Daily Press / Archant Norfolk
•Su Anderson, East Anglian Daily Times
•Denise Bradley, Eastern Daily Press / Archant Norfolk
•Simon Finlay, Eastern Daily Press / Archant Norfolk

Designer of the Year

•Matthew Chambers, Archant Norfolk and Suffolk
•Daren Francis, Newsquest Essex
•Annette Hudson, Archant Norfolk
•Alex Leys, Brentwood Gazette

Sports Journalist of the Year

•Mark Armstrong, Eastern Daily Press / Norwich Evening News
•Chris Osborne, BBC Sport
•Jim Rice, ITV News Anglia

Columnist of the Year

•James Cox, Basildon Echo / Southend Echo and Colchester Gazette
•David Giles, Southend Echo and Colchester Gazette
•Sadie Hasler, Southend Echo and Colchester Gazette
•Ellen Widdup, East Anglian Daily Times

Feature Writer of the Year

•Wendy Brading, Daily Gazette, Newsquest Essex
•Vanessa Moon, Daily Gazette, Newsquest Essex
•Will Watkinson, The Essex Chronicle

Radio Journalist of the Year

•Annie Green, Heart East Region
•Chris Hubbard, BOB FM Home Counties
•Jon Wright, BBC Radio Suffolk

Television Journalist of the Year

•Natalie Gray, ITV News Anglia
•Claire McGlasson, ITV News Anglia

Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)

•Megan Tatum, The Essex Chronicle
•Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser
•Will Watkinson, The Essex Chronicle

Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)

•Jon Austin, Basildon / Southend Echo
•Helen Barnett, Southend Echo
•Andrew Papworth, Eastern Daily Press
•Peter Walsh, Norwich Evening News and Eastern Daily Press

Front Page of the Year

•Brentwood Gazette, “Man is killed by train then this happens”
•East Anglian Daily Times, “Day the A12 became a river”
•Eastern Daily Press, “Longest lasting legacy”
•The Essex Chronicle, “Revenge attacker says ‘I’m sorry’ to religious leader”

Community Campaign of the Year

•BBC Radio Suffolk, “Think Bike”
•Eastern Daily Press / Norwich Evening News, “Flood Appeal”
•Thurrock Enquirer, Stan Franks – “Farewell with Honour”
•Yellow Advertiser, “Justin: His Father’s Heartache”

Website of the Year

• Archant Norfolk
• Archant Norfolk
• Essex Chronicle Media Group

Radio News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year

•BBC Radio Suffolk, The Hot Seat
•BOB FM, Hertfordshire, The Story of Auschwitz
•Heart Four Counties, Heart News

Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year

•BBC Inside Out, The Village That’s Falling into the Sea
•ITV News Anglia

Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year

•Cambs Times
•Essex Enquirer Series
•The Hunts Post

Weekly Paid For Newspaper of the Year

•The Essex Chronicle
Harwich and Manningtree Standard
Welwyn and Hatfield Times

Daily Newspaper of the Year

•East Anglian Daily Times
•Eastern Daily Press