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Deadline for Regional Press Awards entries extended

The entry deadline for this year’s Regional Press Awards has been extended by four days to take it up to Monday, 12 March.

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.

Journalists now have until a week on Monday to get their entries in for the awards, organised by the Society of Editors and held in association with HoldtheFrontPage.

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 awards are also made possible by the support of UK Power Networks, United Utilities, JTI, Cision, Foot Anstey, the News Media Association and the Press Association.

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


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  • February 28, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Call me a cynical old tog but……is this because

    a.) Not enough entries so far
    b.) Nobody wants to pay £30 (including VAT) per entry.
    c.) Nobody wants to pay £70+VAT for lunch.

    Answers on a postcard to………….

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  • March 7, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Everything’s moved on line these days, time for this event to reflect what’s happening in the regional press and go ‘digital only ‘ too
    Less cost
    Less resources needed
    Fewer staff needed
    Reliance on end users to supply the content
    Prices slashed to attract uptake

    Sounds like a winner to me!

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  • March 7, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Never mind awards. if papers could get their grammar, style and construction of stories right that would be a start. Just so sloppy nowadays it makes my eyes and heart ache.

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  • March 7, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I honestly think this type of awards event,rather like Miss World before it, has had it’s day.
    There are enough company awards events taking place as it is, full of self praise and backslapping,where internal politics and the company agenda determines what and who will win.
    Time to call time on events where the only winners appear to be the organisers of the event itself.

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