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Sister dailies’ political editor wins prestigious award

The Westminster editor of two sister dailies has received a prestigious award for up-and-coming media talent.

Annabelle Dickson, political editor for Archant’s Eastern Daily Press and East Anglian Daily Times, has been given a top five MHP “30 to Watch 2015″ Gold Award last week at a ceremony held at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

The awards, launched in 2012, help celebrate the influence and importance of young journalists who are making a difference to the UK media industry.

Annabelle also serves as chairman of the Newspaper Conference, which represents regional press political journalists in Westminster.

Annabelle receiving her award from Gavin Devine, the chief executive of MHP

Annabelle receiving her award from Gavin Devine, the chief executive of MHP

The judges said of Annabelle: “Annabelle has won this award for representing the interests of regional journalists and the local press industry in Westminster.

“The judges unanimously felt that she has done amazing work and is continuing to make the case for better access to politicians for regional journalists.

“When regionals continue to be under-represented in the media industry, this is a tough but incredibly important beat and something that Annabelle should be recognised for.”

Archant Interim Chief Content Officer, Bob Crawley, said: “Annabelle is indeed one to watch and her success has received praise on social media with politicians from across the political spectrum, recognising and celebrating her success.

“At Archant we have very successfully been able to use her talents across all our newspapers and associated websites during the election.”