A record number of journalists will vie for the title of daily news reporter of the year at the forthcoming Midlands Media Awards.
Organiser the Birmingham Press Club has revealed a total of 35 journalists from across the region have been nominated for the accolade, ahead of the final shortlist being revealed at the end of this month.
The total number of entries received for the 22 categories on offer has matched last year’s best-ever figure of 300.
Entries in each of the categories are being assessed by leading PR consultants, communications specialists, broadcasters and writers as part of a thorough two-stage process that sees shortlisted entries go forward to a final judging panel chaired by Peter Lowe, managing editor at Sky News.
The shortlist will be announced on 31 July. The final judging panel will then decide the winners.
Ed James, pictured above left, chairman of Birmingham Press Club, said: “Such an impressive response from the region’s broadcasters, photographers and journalists is, I believe, a clear indication of their professionalism – and speaks volumes for their commitment towards maintaining a healthy and vibrant media sector in the Midlands.”
The awards ceremony will take place at The Holte Suite, Villa Park, Birmingham, on Thursday 10 September.