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Entries open tomorrow for Regional Press Awards
04/02/2016

Regional newspapers and their journalists can register and enter the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2015 from tomorrow (Friday 5 February 2016) at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk. The Awards will celebrate the best of British regional and local newspaper journalism in 2015.

The Society of Editors, supported by Camelot since 2001, organises the awards on behalf of the industry.

The awards are made possible by the sponsorship of UK Power Networks and are supported by Foot Anstey, JTI, PCS, BT and are held in association with HoldTheFrontPage, the Press Association and the News Media Association.

The awards will celebrate regional and local journalism in print or as part of a corresponding digital platform and will include the Making a Difference ~ People’s Choice public vote organised by Local Media Works for Local Newspaper Week.

Registration and entries for the awards will open on Friday and entries can be submitted until the deadline on Friday 4 March 2016. Early registration and entries are encouraged so that any issues can be attended to in advance of the deadline. The entry price has been kept at the same level as last year.

Shortlists will be published in mid-April with the awards ceremony and celebratory lunch taking place at the Marriott, Grosvenor Square hotel on Friday 20 May 2016.

Full details of the awards and guidance on how to register and enter can be found at www.regionalpressawards.org.uk.

Paul Horrocks, SoE President in 2007 and former editor of the Manchester Evening News will again chair the judges.

Revenue generated by entry fees, table sales and sponsorship will pay for the not-for-profit awards programme and help to support the Journalists’ Charity.

Society of Editors Executive Director, Bob Satchwell, said: “Regional newspapers in 2015 again demonstrated the terrific journalism they provide for their readers in terms of investigations, campaigns and good news stories that helped their readers and reflected the communities they serve.

“The awards identify and celebrate the top class achievements and best work of journalists and hundreds of newspapers across the country in print and on innovative digital platforms.

Lynne Anderson, Deputy Chief Executive at the News Media Association said: “Local media performs an essential democratic role in our society by holding authority to account and giving communities a powerful voice. The awards are an excellent platform for this important work to be recognised and celebrated.

“This year’s Making a Difference will highlight the unique ability of local papers to bring about positive change in the communities they serve through campaigning. I would encourage as many local papers as possible to put themselves forward for this award.”

For further information or comment please contact Bob Satchwell on 01223 304080.

 

Awards Categories for 2015

Entries can be made for work published in print, website, online, mobile, video, audio or any other delivery format including social media and blogs in any UK local or regional newspaper or its related digital platform.

General Awards

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Open to journalists aged 26 or under on 31 December 2015 who have not previously been shortlisted for this award. Entries may include work from any journalistic discipline. Judges will be looking for the individual who has made significant impact over the year.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

For reporters and commentators covering all aspects of business and personal finance. Judges will be looking for the ability to break stories and explain issues to a general audience.

SPECIALIST WRITER OF THE YEAR

For journalists with specialisms not covered by any other category such as science, education, health, motoring, the environment and politics. The judges will look for journalists who break stories, analyse and explain their subject for a wider audience.

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Quality of writing is paramount. Judges will be looking for journalists who demonstrate a compelling style in news reportage, colour writing, analysis and backgrounders.

(Please consider very carefully whether your entry is more suitable for Feature Writer of the Year or Reporter of the Year (Weekly or Daily/Sunday).

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Entrants should have a regular by-lined column or blog. The winner will be a journalist with a special style and the ability to provoke debate that may annoy as much as delight.

WEEKLY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Open to sports news writers, match reporters, feature writers and columnists on weekly newspapers. Entries may be from a variety of sports or one specialist area. Judges will be looking for good writing and agenda setting reporting.

DAILY/SUNDAY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Open to sports news writers, match reporters, feature writers and columnists on daily newspapers. Entries may be from a variety of sports or one specialist area. Judges will be looking for good writing and agenda setting reporting.

WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

The category for weekly newspaper reporters who provide the heart and soul of any newspaper. The judges will be looking for well-researched exclusives brilliantly told. Tenacity, flair, investigative skill and an ability to handle difficult subjects carefully will score highly. In the case of long-running investigations entrants may include up to three items to count as one story.

DAILY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

The category for daily newspaper reporters who provide the heart and soul of any newspaper. The judges will be looking for well-researched exclusives brilliantly told. Tenacity, flair, investigative skill and an ability to handle difficult subjects carefully will score highly. In the case of long-running investigations entrants may include up to three items to count as one story.

Visual awards

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

News, sports and features pictures used in a weekly newspaper are eligible. Judges will look for versatility, technical skill and the ability to capture the picture that matters. The mood of an interview, subject or feature needs to come across strongly.

DAILY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

News, sports and features pictures used in a daily newspaper are eligible. Judges will look for versatility, technical skill and the ability to capture the picture that matters. The mood of an interview, subject or feature needs to come across strongly.

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

An award for designers and graphic artists. Judges will look at finished pages that demonstrate innovate and skilled design and layout.

Team awards

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Entries will be judged on outstanding content, design, use of photography and readability of a supplement that is published at regular intervals or to mark a special event or achievement, either with the newspaper or clearly linked to a local or regional paper. SIX hard copies of TWO editions of the Regular Supplement or SIX hard copies of a Special Supplement will be required by the judges.

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

Judges will be looking for the outstanding and most memorable front page published in a regional or local newspaper during the year.

Special awards

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

The story or series of stories that everyone else wished they had broken. This can be a team or individual award.

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Judges will be looking for campaigns that made waves, struck a chord with readers and simply made a difference. This can be a team or individual award. All entries will automatically be put forward for the Making a Difference ~ People’s Choice online public vote organised by Local Media Works for Local Newspaper Week.

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

The judges will look for excellent reporting, writing or flair and innovation in content, design and delivery and interaction with readers and will seek to recognise journalistic achievement online. You can submit up to three PDFs or screen grabs of the best examples of your work as well as the URL for each piece of work. Please supply all URLs as plain text in your supporting statement.

THE DIGITAL AWARD

The judges will look for the newspaper that produces the best journalism and service to readers on a range of platforms whether print, website, mobile or any other means. Special attention will be made to innovation and use of social media including blogs. You can submit up to three PDFs or screen grabs of the best examples of your work as well as the URL for each piece of work. You should also supply the URL for the route you would prefer judges to follow to access the digital content you wish to enter. Please supply all URLs as plain text in your supporting statement.

JOURNALISTS’ CHARITY AWARD

The winner will be chosen by the Journalists’ Charity and is in the gift of the charity’s council and recognises an individual or body that has made an outstanding contribution to journalism and journalists in any way. It cannot be entered.

Judges' awards

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 20,000)

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 20,000)

Weekly newspaper of the year categories will be judged by panels of experienced senior journalists or former journalists from all parts of the media. They will consider the achievements of each of the entries across all platforms set out in submissions by editors. The judges will look for service to the local community, great exclusives and successful campaigns, editorial achievements and other outstanding journalism. Editors will be required to send in THREE different editions of their newspaper.

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 20,000)

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 20,000)

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year categories will be judged by panels of experienced senior journalists or former journalists from all parts of the media. They will consider the achievements of each of the entries across all platforms set out in submissions by editors. The judges will look for service to the local community, great exclusives and successful campaigns, editorial achievements and other outstanding journalism. Editors will need to provide THREE different editions of their newspaper.






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