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Archant's magnificent seven make awards shortlist

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Archant has a magnificent seven finalists in the shortlist for this year’s prestigious Newspaper Awards, which are devoted to celebrating the best in print and digital news media production and innovation.

Archant Print has been named as a finalist in the Newspaper Printer of the Year and Niche Market Newspaper Printer of the Year categories for its work on Motor Cycle News, Classic Car Weekly and the Angling Times.

Archant Norfolk’s Eastern Daily Press is a finalist in the Regional Newspaper of the Year and is also taking on the FT, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent on Sunday and The Sunday Times in the Weekend Newspaper of the Year class.

Archant London’s Ham & High and Archant Herts & Cambs free weekly The Hunts Post are both shortlisted in the Weekly Newspaper of the Year category.

Finally, Archant East’s EDP Norfolk magazine is a finalist in the Regional Supplement/ Magazine of the Year class.

Archant Director of Print, Clive Want, who was on the Newspaper Awards judging panel, said: “We were asked to judge publications on printing and production standards, quality of content and design and on how well they serve their target communities.

“It was really pleasing to see so many well-produced Archant titles with such excellent content among the top publications the judges had to consider.”

EDP editor-in-chief, Nigel Pickover, said: "On top of our many nominations in the EDF regional press awards we are delighted to be recognised on a national platform. This is down to our dedicated team who work day in, day out, to bring great stories to our readers and advertisers across all our platforms, now including TV. I am thrilled on their behalf."

Hunts Post editor Andy Veale, said: “We’re obviously delighted that The Hunts Post is shortlisted in these awards – it’s a testament to the hard work that goes into the brand, not just from the editorial team but also from our commercial colleagues on who we’re so dependent. It’s also good to see our free newspaper can hold its own against the country’s paid-for weeklies.”

Ham&High editor-in-chief, Geoff Martin, said: "All of us at the Ham&High are delighted with the nomination especially as the editions we entered demonstrated the results of much hard work, careful planning and innovation during a design and content review. News travels fast, and I’ve already had congratulatory messages from several readers."

Gary Cullum, director of Newspaper Awards, said: “The 2014 panel of judges really had their work cut out this year. Not only were they presented with around 1,000 newspapers, both print and digital, the quality of entry was tremendous. The shortlist once again provides a showcase for all that is good in the newspaper industry both from this country and around the world.”

All the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Tuesday April 1 at the London Hilton.

Pictured above is Clive Want with some of the papers printed at the Thorpe Print Centre which are up for awards.

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