Rules of Entry

Entries Open: 7 February 2018
Entries Close: 8 March 2018
Shortlists for general categories announced: April 2018
Awards dinner – winners will be announced: 18 May 2018, The IET, Savoy Place, London


The awards recognise the work of local and regional newspapers in print and online. Reporters and photographers working for agencies are also eligible to enter work published by a local and regional newspaper between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. Entries can be made for work published in print, website, online, mobile, video, audio or any other delivery format in any UK local or regional newspaper or its related digital platform.


Panels of independent judges and those from national newspapers, all with experience of the regional press, consider entries online and vote to provide shortlists for discussion. The judges reserve the right to make a special award or to name a Journalist of the Year if it becomes clear that special achievements need to be recognised that do not fit into any category. The judges’ decision is final.


All entries will be made online via the website developed to provide an annual display of all that is best in UK regional journalism.

'Cuttings' and images should also be supplied online in digital format. The following five categories will also require hard copies to be supplied by post in addition to the online submission:

Supplement of the Year
Weekly Newspaper ABOVE 15,000
Weekly Newspaper BELOW 15,000
Daily/Sunday Newspaper ABOVE 20,000
Daily/Sunday Newspaper BELOW 20,000

All entries, including those from freelance journalists, must be endorsed by the editor, managing editor or department head. (Approval will be indicated by an honesty tick box on the online entry form and editors will be sent an email list of entrants made which have stated them as the uthorising editor.)

Entries must be the work of the named entrant or team.

Entrants for the Young Journalist of the Year must be aged 26 or under on 31 December 2017.

Entrants are required to register either as an individual or an administrator entering on behalf of a number of individuals, supplying their name or a team name or joint byline. You are also asked for publication or status as a freelance, contact details and photograph. Until these registration fields have been completed you will not be able to submit an entry.

Entrants must comply in accordance with the rules and guidance published. You can enter as many times as you like within each category and can enter for more than one category of award. You cannot edit or delete completed entries.

Entrants must ensure that they read and follow these Rules and the specific online Guidance for entry for each category.

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