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PRESS RELEASE - Awards will celebrate best regional newspapers
31/01/2013

Awards will celebrate best regional newspapers

THE best of British regional and local newspaper journalism will be celebrated at an Oscars-style lunchtime awards ceremony in London in May, the Society of Editors and the Newspaper Society announced today (Thursday January 31).
The Society of Editors Regional Press Awards are made possible by the lead sponsorship of UK Power Networks. They are supported by Asda and Foot Anstey solicitors and are held in association with HoldTheFrontPage and the Press Association.
The Society of Editors, which has been supported by Camelot since 2001, organises the awards in conjunction with the Newspaper Society on behalf of the industry.
The awards will spotlight journalism that appeared in any format or delivery platform related to a UK local or regional paper during 2012 and there are changes to the awards recognising on-line and other digital journalism.
Newspaper Society members have undertaken to participate in and support the awards and to avoid taking part in any competing UK-wide events.
Registration for the awards is now open (Thursday January 31) and entries will open on Monday February 4 and close on March 4. Early registration and entries are encouraged.
Shortlists will be published in mid April. The awards ceremony followed by a celebratory lunch will take place at Savoy Place, London on Friday 17 May. The Newspaper Society’s AGM will take place at the same venue on the same date.
Full details of the awards are available at www.theregionalpressawards.org.uk which will carry details of categories and offer guidance on how to register and enter the awards.
Paul Horrocks, SoE president in 2007, will again chair the judges. Paul was editor of the Manchester Evening News for 12 years and is now director of independent media and communications consultancy, Essential Communications and Media.

Revenue generated by entry fees, table sales and sponsorship will pay for the not-for-profit awards programme. Costs to entrants have been frozen at last year’s level. The awards also help to support the Journalists’ Charity.

Society of Editors executive director Bob Satchwell said: “We are glad to help celebrate the quality of the journalism that serves local and regional communities across the UK so well. The British local and regional press is adapting to new opportunities and challenges and remains the best in the world.”

Lynne Anderson, communications and marketing director of the Newspaper Society said: “The regional press is the most trusted of all media. In print and online, it is the second biggest investor, after the national press, on news in the UK. These awards give us an opportunity to pay tribute to the industry’s unique editorial content and journalistic excellence.”

HoldTheFrontPage publisher Paul Linford said:  “These awards recognise the very best in regional journalism and HoldtheFrontPage is delighted to be able to continue its association with them.”

The Society of Editors represents more than 400 members in national, regional and local newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, digital media, media law and journalism education and campaigns for media freedom, freedom of expression and the public’s right to know.

For further information or comment please contact Bob Satchwell on 01223 304080 or 07860 562815 or bob@societyofeditors.org

Awards categories

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Open to journalists aged 26 or under on 31 December 2012 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 specialism’s 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. The winner will be a journalist with 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.

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 innovative 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.
The judges will need to see one hard copy of a special supplement or three different editions of a regular supplement .

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.

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.

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, tablet or any other means. Special attention will be paid to innovation.

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 25,000)

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 25,000)
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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