Organised by the Society of Editors, the Awardscelebrate the best of British regional and local newspaper journalism in 2017.

This year the awards have been revised to recognise the role of digital and innovation in regional newsrooms. New categories include ‘Social Media Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Social Media Team of the Year’ as well as ‘Digital Designer of the Year’, ‘Digital Initiative of the Year’ and ‘Innovation and Initiative Award of the Year’. ‘The Overall Digital Award’ will also recognise 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.

An additional new award will recognise ‘Reporting Communities’ and seeks to recognise the tremendous work that goes on in regional newspapers to ensure all communities are well covered.

Ian Murray, Executive Director of the Society of Editors said that, after careful consultation, the awards had been revised to better reflect the new skills and platforms used by the regional media.

He said: “Anyone who works in a regional newsroom knows that the emphasis is now firmly on digital journalism and we have ensured that this year’s awards reflect that reality while not downgrading the continuing excellence in more traditional categories.”

The Society of Editors, supported by Camelot since 2001, organises the awards on behalf of the industry and they are made possible by the support of UK Power Networks, United Utilities, JTI, Cision, Foot Anstey, Holdthefrontpage, the News Media Association and the Press 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 the News Media Association’s Local Media Works for Local Newspaper Week.

For further information or comment please contact the Society of Editors team on 01223 304080. 

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