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Contenders revealed for regional press campaign of the year prize

Contenders aiming to be crowned the best regional newspaper campaign of the past year have been unveiled.

A total of 32 different campaigns have been shortlisted ahead of a public vote during Local Newspaper Week, which takes place next month, as part of its ‘Making a Difference’ campaign.

Nominees include the Birmingham Mail’s campaign to highlight the issue of child sex exploitation in the West Midlands, the CN Group’s successful opposition to proposed £26m cuts to police funding in Cumbria, and the Oxford Mail’s drive to defend Freedom of Information laws from being watered down.

The Yorkshire Post’s campaign, Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic, which won the 2014 prize, has again been shortlisted.


The Mail’s campaign was launched in November with a special, pictured above, featuring 15 pages of coverage on FoI.

It followed the launch of the Society of Editors’ Hands Off FoI campaign in association with HoldtheFrontPage and Press Gazette.

On 16 May, the start of Local Newspaper Week this year, the vote will go live and members of the public will have three days to vote for their favourite campaign in an online poll.

The winner will be announced by News Media Association chairman Ashley Highfield at the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards on 20 May.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Aberdeen Evening Express – Save the Bon Accord Baths

Archant Investigations United – Contaminated Blood Scandal

Birmingham Mail – Child Sex Exploitation in Birmingham

Birmingham Post – BBC Midlands investment

Bradford Telegraph & Argus – Stop the Danger Drivers

Camden New Journal – Pay Up Now

CN Group – Fight the Cuts

Cumberland News – Spirit of Cumbria

Derby Telegraph – Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal

Dundee Courier – Frank’s Law

Dundee Evening Telegraph – Bald is Beautiful

Eastern Daily Press – Mental Health Watch

Express & Star, Wolverhampton – Ladder for the Black Country

Glamorgan Gazette – Yule Love Brigend

Hereford Times – One in Eight

Hull Daily Mail – Kids in Crisis

North Wales Daily Post – #savebetsibabies

North West Evening Mail – Healthy Young Minds

Oxford Mail – Lonely this Christmas

Oxford Mail – Public Defibrillators Campaign

Oxford Mail – FOI: Your Right To Know

Press & Journal, Aberdeen – Energy 2050

Press & Journal, Aberdeen – Apprentice 100

Salisbury Journal – Salisbury Airfield

South Wales Echo – Cardiff United Against Cancer

Southern Daily Echo – Dumped Dogs: Find the Culprit

Stourbridge News – Well of Life Appeal

Sunday Post – Who Cares?

The Argus, Brighton – Save our Centres

The Sentinel, Stoke – Our Big Read

Westmorland Gazette – Give Robbie Room

Yorkshire Post – Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic