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There are now an ever-increasing number of regional and national industry awards providing recognition for the hard work journalists put in to producing newspapers each day.

Whatever the award, whether it be for specialist writing or UK-wide events, we will strive to cover them in this section.

Fancy being an award winner?

Organisers of the West Midlands Media Awards have made a last call for entries as the deadline approaches. Birmingham Press Club will be holding its first media awards night at the city’s Burlington Hotel on Thursday, March 20, to recognise

National honour for coastal campaigner

A 16-page full-colour lifeboat supplement has won a local newspaper a prestigious national award. The twice-weekly Whitby Gazette picked up the prize for its work to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Whitby lifeboat station. The supplement was included with every

Have you made a difference?

Has your publication made a difference to its local community? The Big Difference Awards 2003 are coming up soon, and the deadline for nominations is on February 14. The awards celebrate people and organisations that make a difference to their

Could you gallop to victory?

Regional journalists, freelance writers and student journalists are being invited to enter a horseracing writing competition with a top prize of £1,250. The Martin Wills Memorial Trust’s annual racing writing awards are open to young people in the UK and

CIN staff celebrate

Page 2 of 2 Field Sales Person of the Year Winner: Susan Grigg Highly commended: David Ash Distribution/Newspaper Sales Person of the Year Winner: John Beeson Finance Person of the Year Winner: Kim Robinson Receptionist of the Year Winner: Terry

Mail staff rewarded

Editorial staff at the Hull Daily Mail were among those presented with awards at the Christmas party held at the newly opened Kingston Communication Stadium. Winners received a trophy, certificate and bottle of champagne presented by their director and managing

Production awards nominees sought

Newspaper awards dedicated to rewarding news and media production will take place again next spring – with the introduction of new sponsors and categories to spice up the contest. The 2003 Newspaper Awards will be held on Wednesday April 2

Young writers award launched for 2003

The Local Reporting Awards for 2003 will be split into two categories – to give professionals and non-professionals the chance to win the top prize. The awards recognise excellence in local reporting by people under the age of 30, who

MBE for local journalist Bob

Journalist Bob Drayton has been rewarded for his work in the profession with an MBE in the New Year Honours List. Bob, who is group deputy editor of Newsquest (Somerset), is based in Taunton and has day-to-day control of the

Snapper Washbourn picks up a gong

Retired press photographer Peter Washbourn was today proud to be going public on his big secret – that he’s been awarded the MBE. He was nominated for the medal in the New Year Honours List for his services to the

Nature prize handed out in memory of journalist

An award has been handed out in memory of a Norfolk journalist who died three years ago. The Young Norfolk Nature Writer of the Year competition has been set up in memory of former Eastern Daily Press nature columnist Michael

Racing award for former Telegraph man

A former Grimsby Telegraph columnist has picked up a national award. Tom O’Ryan, who wrote a weekly racing column for the Telegraph in the late 1980s, has been voted Racing Journalist of the Year. He received the award at a

Campaigner Don collects his medal

Campaigning journalist Don Hale has been presented with his OBE by Prince Charles. Don, whose efforts to free convicted murderer Stephen Downing propelled him to nationwide fame, took his wife Kath and sons Andrew and Robert to Buckingham Palace. It

Extra editorial awards added

Entries are now being sought for the 2003 Newspaper Sales and Promotions Awards, which now include six new categories. The Newspaper Society, which organises the event, has chosen to expand the existing editorial award categories and they will now include

CIN staff celebrate

Page 1 of 2 Staff at Central Independent Newspapers have been celebrating at the company’s annual awards ceremony. Each year they are rewarded for their hard work, dedication and commitment. Among the winners was Tamworth Herald sports editor Rob Tanner

Holiday prize for travel writing

A South Wales Argus journalist has won a prestigious award for her travel writing. Well-travelled Sonia Sonia Wiltshire’s articles on Malaysia, published in the Argus holiday pages earlier this year, have earned her the title of Tourism Malaysia’s Regional Travel