Six new categories are up for grabs at this year’s biggest regional media event, due to be held on Friday 18 May at IET London, Savoy Place.
The SoE has also announced a reduction in ticket prices for this year’s event to £70 from £80 last year, while entry fees remain at £25.
Executive director Ian Murray said: “We know budgets are tight in the regional press, which is why we have gone the extra mile to keep costs down and even reduce the price of a place at the awards in May compared to last year when the ticket cost was held even then.
“With recognition that newsrooms have changed in the regional press through the addition of new digital categories recognising excellence and also the innovation taking place in the industry, the Society has truly brought these awards into line with what the local press requires.”
The Society stages the awards as a not for profit event with fees for entry and tickets for the awards lunch as well as sponsorship going towards meeting costs in staging the awards as well as supporting the Journalists Charity.
Judging will take place on 12 April under the auspices of chairman of judges Paul Horrocks.
The full list of categories together with full details of the new awards and guidance on how to register and enter can be found at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk.