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EDF Energy South West Media Awards shortlist revealed

edflogoThe EDF Energy South West of England Media Awards 2015 shortlist has been announced today.

Local World titles dominate the list with the Bristol Post, Plymouth Herald and Western Morning News all nominated for Daily Newspaper of the Year, while the Bath Chronicle, The West Briton and Western Gazette vie for Weekly Paid For Newspaper of the Year.

The awards, held in association with HoldtheFrontPage and sponsored by EDF Energy, honour the best in journalism across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

This year there were more than 250 entries across the 20 categories.

The Midweek Herald in Devon, North Devon Gazette and North Somerset Times have been shortlisted for Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year, while,,, and compete for Website of the Year.

Nominated for the Community Campaign accolade are Bath Chronicle (Harmonie-Rose), The Cornishman (Heart Start), Mid Somerset News and Media (10×10 Hospice Care), Plymouth Herald (I Love Life) and Plymouth Herald (Safer Spaces).

The awards ceremony will be held at Somerset County Cricket Club, in Taunton, on Thursday July 16.

Ian Axton, ITV News West Country Presenter and Francesca Price, former BBC journalist and communications consultant, will be hosting the awards.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Newcomer of the Year

Nancy Connolly, Bath Chronicle
Katie French, Mid Devon Gazette
Mary Goodchild, Western Gazette
Chloe Smith, The Cornishman
Sarah Waddington, Plymouth Herald

Digital Journalist of the Year

Richard Booth, Express and Echo
Sam Morshead, Total Sport Swindon, Swindon Advertiser
Joseph Wilkes, North Devon Journal

Specialist Journalist of the Year

Steve Brodie, BBC West
Johanna Carr, Cornish Guardian
Sian Davies, Plymouth Herald
Trudi Harris, BBC Somerset
Tristan Nichols, Plymouth Herald

News Photographer of the Year

David Cox, Swindon Advertiser
Penny Cross, Plymouth Herald
Steven Haywood, Western Morning News, West Magazine
Greg Martin, The Cornishman
Paul Slater, Plymouth Herald

Sports Journalist of the Year

Daniel Barnes, Swindon Advertiser
Daniel Evans, Bath Chronicle
Andy Phillips, Western Morning News
Neil Rose, Bath News and Media
James Young, Gloucestershire Echo

Feature Writer of the Year

Sam Blackledge, Plymouth Herald
Corrie Bond-French, Glosmedia, Weekend Magazine
Lisa Evans, Bath Chronicle, Bath Weekend Magazine
Liz Parks, Western Morning News
Marion Sauvebois, Swindon Advertiser

Columnist of the Year

Phil Goodwin, Western Morning News
Barrie Hudson, Swindon Advertiser
Mary Quicke, Devon Life
Heather Walters, North Devon Journal

Designer of the Year

Neil Beck, Bath Chronicle
Kathryn Clarke-McLeod, Western Morning News, West Magazine
Sian David, Bath Chronicle
David Lewins, Bristol Post, Weekend

Radio Journalist of the Year

Carrian Jones, Heart Global News – West (Heart Cornwall)
George Painter, Heart Global News – West (Heart Bristol and Somerset)
Heather Simons, BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Television Journalist of the Year

Matthew Hill, BBC West
Fiona Lambdin, BBC West
Andrew Plant, BBC West

Weekly Print Journalist of the Year

Stephen Davy-Osborne, Western Gazette
Liza-Jane Gillespie, Bath Chronicle
Mary Goodchild, Western Gazette
Faye Greenwell, North Devon Journal
Flora Thompson, Western Gazette

Daily Print Journalist of the Year

Sam Blackledge, Plymouth Herald
Beren Cross, Swindon Advertiser
Sian Davies, Plymouth Herald

Website of the Year

Community Campaign of the Year

Bath Chronicle, Harmonie-Rose
The Cornishman, Heart Start
Mid Somerset News and Media, 10×10 Hospice Care
Plymouth Herald, I Love Life
Plymouth Herald, Safer Spaces

Front Page of the Year

Bath Chronicle, A City Mourns
Cornish Guardian, Cornwall Forever
Express and Echo, Every Parent’s Nightmare
Gloucester Citizen, 24 Years
West Briton, Thanks Andy

Radio News / Current Affairs Programme of the Year

Laurie Lee Centenary, BBC Radio Gloucestershire
Ben McGrail, BBC Somerset
Heart Global Newsroom, West

Television News / Current Affairs Programme of the Year

BBC Inside Out West
ITV News West Country, Becky Watts Outside Broadcast
ITV News West Country, Dawlish, Boscastle and Royal Cornwall Show

Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year

Midweek Herald
North Devon Gazette
North Somerset Times

Weekly Paid for Newspaper of the Year

Bath Chronicle
The West Briton
Western Gazette

Daily Newspaper of the Year

Bristol Post
Plymouth Herald
Western Morning News