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Daily journalist’s coronavirus coverage nominated for national award

Jen WilliamsA regional daily journalist has been nominated for a national award for her coverage of the coronavirus crisis.

Jennifer Williams, politics and investigations editor for the Manchester Evening News, has been longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain’s Social Evils.

Jennifer, pictured, has won her nomination for a series of stories exposing how “poor policy helped coronavirus rip through some of England’s poorest Northern communities”.

She faces competition from 12 other nominees for the award.

Posting on Twitter, Jennifer said: “Chuffed about this, and very flattered to be on a list with so many great journalists.

“Thank you to everyone who tuned in to my various attempts at clarity. What a year.”

MEN senior editor Sarah Lester added: “Completely delighted to see Jen longlisted for the Orwell Prize.

“Her work over the last 12 months has been something special.”

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