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Shortlists announced for Regional Press Awards for 2012
By: SoE


Shortlists for the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards celebrating the best of British regional newspaper journalism in 2012 have been announced.

A full list of shortlisted entries appears below and can be seen on the awards website at

There are 22 categories in the awards which will culminate with an Oscars-style lunchtime awards ceremony to be held at Savoy Place, in London, just off the Embankment at IET London, 2 Savoy Place, London, WC2R OBL on 17 May.

The awards recognise brilliant journalism in UK local and regional newspapers in print, online and any other news platform.

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.

Chairman of the judges Paul Horrocks said: “The judges had a difficult task across all of the categories. In many cases any one of shortlisted candidates could be a winner and it s only after painstaking scrutiny and careful debate that the winners emerge.”

Society of Editors executive director Bob Satchwell said: “These awards reflect and spotlight the tremendous journalism that can be found every day or every week across the UK in regional and local newspapers that represent their readers and serve their communities so well.”

The awards ceremony, hosted by broadcaster Nick Ferrari, will start at 12noon and will be followed by lunch.

For tickets or tables for the event please contact Kate McMillan at or on 07736 070066. Availability is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets for industry members are £65 and £75 (+ VAT) for those outside the industry.

For further information or comment please contact Bob Satchwell on 01223 304080 or 07860 562815 or

The Regional Press Awards 2012
Full Shortlist:

Young Journalist of the Year

Rachael Burnett – Dorset Echo

Bill Gardner – The Argus

Jacqueline McMillan – The Echo, Basildon

Sam Morris – Lincolnshire Echo

Richard Wheatstone – Manchester Evening News

Business and Finance Journalist of the Year

Simon Bain – The Herald, Glasgow

Alistair Houghton – Liverpool Daily Post

Robin Johnson – Derby Telegraph

Catherine Lea – Hull Daily Mail

Les Reid – Coventry Telegraph

Specialist Writer of the Year

Melanie Adams – Southern Daily Echo

Jon Austin – The Echo, Basildon

Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life

Jennifer McKiernan – Aberdeen Evening Express

Jeanette Oldham – Birmingham Mail

Feature Writer of the Year

Gareth Davies – Croydon Advertiser

Emma Higginbotham – Cambridge News

Richard Osley – Camden New Journal

Kate Proctor – The Journal, Newcastle

Paddy Shennan – Liverpool Echo

Columnist of the Year

Carolyn Hitt – Western Mail

Paul Kirkley – Cambridge News

Fred Leicester – Leicester Mercury

Mike Lockley – Sunday Mercury

Les Reid, – Coventry Telegraph

Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year

Jon Colman – The Cumberland News

Chris Harby – Melton Times

Amanda Little – The Cumberland News

Eric Mackinnon – The Stornoway Gazette

David Powell – North Devon Journal

Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

John Gibson – Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Amanda Little – Carlisle News and Star

Stevie Roden – Nottingham Post

Simon Walter – Southern Daily Echo

Scott Wilson – The Northern Echo

Weekly Reporter of the Year

Jill Buchanan – The Falkirk Herald

David Churchill – Croydon Advertiser

Gareth Davies – Croydon Advertiser

Claire Smyth – Western Gazette

Mark Williams– Lincolnshire Echo

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

David Bartlett – Liverpool Echo

Les Reid – Coventry Telegraph

Martin Shipton – Media Wales

Kevin Shoesmith – Hull Daily Mail

Rob Waugh – Yorkshire Post

Weekly Photographer of the Year

Anna Draper – Lincolnshire Echo

Stephen Garnett – Craven Herald

Michael Gillen – The Falkirk Herald

Isabel Infantes – The Docklands & East London Advertiser

Joe Lord – The Docklands and East London Advertiser, The Ilford Recorder

Daily/Sunday Photographer of the Year

Robert Binder – Lancashire Telegraph

Frank Dwyer – The Press, York

Kate Lowe – Derby Telegraph

Ian Rutherford – The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday

Mike Sewell – Leicester Mercury

Designer of the Year

Ian Bond – Hull Daily Mail

Mark Fearn – Edinburgh Evening News

David Hamburgh – Edinburgh Evening News

David Lewins – Bristol Evening Post

Marc White – Media Wales

Supplement of the Year

More Magazine – Leicester Mercury

Titanic – Belfast Telegraph

The Weekend – Bristol Evening Post

Weekend – Belfast Telegraph

When London Called – Eastern Daily Press

Front Page of the Year

Etched On Her Flesh- Derby Telegraph

Revenge of the Trams – Edinburgh Evening News

96 Reasons For The Truth – Liverpool Echo

We Are With You – Manchester Evening News

Merv’s Boots – Western Mail

Scoop of the Year

Melanie Adams – Southern Daily Echo

Jon Austin – The Echo, Basildon

Gina Davidson – Edinburgh Evening News

Seanin Graham, –Irish News

Jennifer Williams – Manchester Evening News

Campaign of the Year

Cassie’s Law – Colchester Daily Gazette

Coventry surgery campaign – Coventry Telegraph

Hillsborough – Liverpool Echo

5 Tons of Tins – Nottingham Post

Council highways contract expose – Wirral Globe

Website of the Year

Cambridge News

Wales Online, Media Wales

Liverpool Post and Echo Digital team

Manchester Evening News

Shetland News

The Digital Award

Daily Post, Wales

Anna Lukala – The Echo, Basildon

Express & Star – Express & Star, Wolverhampton

The PinkUn¬ – Norwich Evening News

The  Wales Online Datastore, Media Wales


Weekly Newspaper (Below 20,000)

Brentwood Gazette

Bucks Free Press

The Cornishman

Kent Messenger

The Inverness Courier

Weekly Newspaper (Above 20,000)

Cambrian News

Camden New Journal

The Cumberland News

Lincolnshire Echo

Westmorland Gazette

Daily/Sunday Newspaper (Below 25,000)

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Dorset Echo

Dundee Evening Telegraph

South Wales Argus

Wales on Sunday

Daily/Sunday Newspaper (Above 25,000)

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Express and Star Wolverhampton

Liverpool Echo

Manchester Evening News

Sunday Life

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