The shortlist for the Regional Press Awards was announced last week with Archant titles securing eight nominations in various categories.
The event, run by the Society of Editors, celebrates the best of regional and local newspaper journalism across Britain and Northern Ireland and will be held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel on Friday 20 May 2016 - hosted by radio presenter Nick Ferrari.
Among those nominated for an award are Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News education correspondent Martin George and London-based investigations reporter Emma Youle. Martin has been shortlisted in the Specialist Writer of the Year category and Emma has been shortlisted in the Weekly Reporter of the Year category for her work as part of the Archant Investigations Unit.
Other print nominations include the EDP magazine, Long To Reign Over Us which has been nominated the Supplement of the Year award.
Meanwhile, there are also two nominations in the ‘People’s Choice’ awards for work on Mental Health Watch and Contaminated Blood, both of which will go up against 30 other campaigns in an online vote, which opens on May 16 to coincide with Local Newspaper Week. Mental Health Watch ran in the EDP, Norwich Evening News, East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, while the contaminated blood campaign was featured in around a dozen titles across Archant.
The awards recognise excellence from all areas of newspaper production with editorial designers Matthew Chambers and Sarah Roberts receiving nominations for the category of Designer of the Year for their work on the EDP.
Our digital products have also been recognised in the shortlist with edp24.co.uk being nominated for the Website of the Year award and the Pink Un Interactive being nominated for the Digital Award.
In total there were more than 600 entries with a total of 70 newspapers and media organisations nominated for at least one award.
SoE executive director Bob Satchwell said: “The strength of the entries reflecting the vitality of the local and regional newspapers in the UK shows that reports of their demise are seriously premature.”
Editor of the Eastern Daily Press, Nigel Pickover added: “Well done to all our nominees, from the EDP and across Archant, for their work being shortlisted for honour at these awards. The quality of our content will remain at the heart of everything we do."
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