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Regional Press Awards 2020 – shortlists announced

Shortlists have been announced for the Regional Press Awards for 2020, which the Society of Editors says, recognise the valiant work undertaken by the local and regional press during the coronavirus crisis.

Regional Press Awards 2020 – shortlists announced
Dawn Alford: “The coronavirus crisis has shown more than ever the vital importance of the regional press as the beating heart of communities across the UK.”

The industry’s awards will give particular recognition to newsrooms for keeping their readers informed with a new Special Award, alongside prizes celebrating outstanding reporting and innovation in print and online.

Those judging the awards gave plaudits to the efforts of talented journalists and editors working remotely – and often under deeply challenging conditions – to continue to hold those in power to account and serve their communities.

Dawn Alford, Executive Director of the Society of Editors which organises the awards, said: “Congratulations to those who made the shortlist amongst an incredible standard of entries, and in a year where demand for trusted news has never been higher.

“We are hugely grateful to judges from across the industry whose time and dedication has enabled the remarkable and varied achievements of those journalists to be recognised.

“The coronavirus crisis has shown more than ever the vital importance of the regional press as the beating heart of communities across the UK. It is clear from these shortlists that the local and regional media has risen to the challenge.”

The winners will be revealed in a virtual announcement on 16 September.

The awards will once again include the Cathryn Nicoll Award run in association with the News Media Association (NMA) which rewards a £500 cash prize to a young feature writer.

The Regional Press Awards are made possible, says the Society of Editors, due the support of headline sponsor Facebook Journalism Project; Camelot, a supporter since 2001; Google News Initiative; Amazon; HoldTheFrontPage; the News Media Association and the Journalists’ Charity.

The shortlists:

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Amazon

Andra Maciuca, Saffron Walden Reporter and Dunmow Broadcast

Conor Matchett, The Scotsman/Edinburgh Evening News

Jack Aitchison, Glasgow Times

Jody Doherty-Cove, The Argus

Paige Oldfield, Manchester Evening News

Sarah Burgess, Eastern Daily Press

BUSINESS & FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Coreena Ford, The Journal

Graeme Whitfield, The Journal/BusinessLive

Hannah Baker, Bristol Post/BusinessLive South West

Martin Williams, The Herald and Herald on Sunday

Peter Ranscombe, Scottish Field

Scott Wright, The Herald

Tom Houghton, Liverpool Echo/BusinessLive

SPECIALIST WRITER/IMPACT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life

Dale Haslam, DC Thomson Media

Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo

Stephanie Finnegan, YorkshireLive/LeedsLive

Tom Bristow, Eastern Daily Press

Will Hayward, WalesOnline

FEATURE WRITER/LONG FORM JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Chris Lloyd, The Northern Echo

David Owens, Western Mail

Greg Martin, Cornwall Live

Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo

Sarah Wilson, JPI Media (The Scotsman, The Yorkshire Post)

Susan Swarbrick, The Herald

Teddy Jamieson, The Herald

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Arun Arora, The Northern Echo

Carolyn Hitt, The Western Mail

Emma Clayton, Telegraph & Argus

Gareth McAuley, Sunday Life

Helen Mead, Telegraph & Argus

Mike Lockley, Birmingham Mail

Neil Mackay, The Herald and Herald on Sunday

Paul Kirkley, Cambridge Independent

SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Erin Black, Plymouth Live

John Wilson, Hereford Times

Kevin Scott, Belfast Telegraph

Lee Ryder, Newcastle Chronicle

Michael Pearson, HampshireLive/SussexLive/NorthantsLive

Samantha Yarwood, Manchester Evening News

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY PAPERS

Clive Youlton, Surrey Advertiser

Jon Colman, The Cumberland News

Mark Taylor, Cambridge Independent

Paul Thomson, Hamilton Advertiser/Lanarkshire Live Sport

Tom Scargill, Halifax Courier

Will Clark, Inverness Courier

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – DAILY/SUNDAY PAPERS

Ben James, WalesOnline

Cahair O’Kane, The Irish News

Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail

James Findlater, Grimsby Telegraph

Matt Maher, Express & Star

Paul Ferguson, Sunday Life

REPORTING COMMUNITIES AWARD

Abbie Wightwick, WalesOnline

Catriona Stewart, Glasgow Times and The Herald

Conor Gogarty, Bristol Live

Lewis Clarke, North Devon Journal / Mid Devon Gazette / InYourArea.co.uk

Ruth Dacey, The Yorkshire Post

Thomas Kingsley, MyLondon

DATA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Claire Miller, Reach Data Unit

David Dubas-Fisher, Reach Data Unit

Lesley-Anne Kelly, DC Thomson Media

Martin Williams, The Herald and Herald on Sunday

Sam Ferguson, Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News

Will Hayward, WalesOnline/Western Mail

DIGITAL LIVE NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Andrew Musgrove, Chronicle Live

Cathy Owen, Media Wales

Jack Aitchison, Glasgow Times

Jonathan Macpherson, LancsLive

Kristian Johnson, LeedsLive

Neil Docking, Liverpool Echo

WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Bronwen Weatherby, Camden New Journal

Charles Thomson, Archant Investigations Unit

Calum Fraser, Islington Tribune

John Garvey, Newbury Weekly News

Lydia Chantler-Hicks, The Kentish Gazette

Stephanie Wareham, Bucks Free Press

DAILY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life

David Goodwin, Greenock Telegraph

Emily Townsend, East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star

Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo

Martin Williams, The Herald and Herald on Sunday

Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman

Zoe Chamberlain, BirminghamLive/Birmingham Mail

THE CATHRYN NICOLL AWARD

In association with the NMA

James Thomas, Hereford Times

Molly Dowrick, Plymouth Live

Sian Bayley, MyLondon

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Dave Kneale, Isle of Man Examiner

John McVitty, Impartial Reporter

Keith Heppell, Cambridge Independent

Mark Williamson, Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Michael Gillen, The Falkirk Herald

Sarah Caldecott, Darlington & Stockton Times

DAILY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Colm O’Reilly, Sunday Life

Kevin Scott, Belfast Telegraph

Mhairi Edwards, The Courier/Evening Telegraph

Sarah Caldecott, The Northern Echo

Tim Sturgess, Express & Star

Tim Thursfield, Express & Star

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: NEWSPAPERS

Gary Beckwith, Newcastle Chronicle

Georgia Robinson, Eastern Daily Press

Ian Bond, Hull Daily Mail

Kevin Farrell, The Irish News

Nancy Fallows, Eastern Daily Press

Simon Hill, Express & Star/Shropshire Star

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: MAGAZINES/SUPPLEMENTS

Daniel Beavan, Reach Plc Shared Content Unit

Georgia Robinson, Eastern Daily Press

Nancy Fallows, Eastern Daily Press

SUPPLEMENT/SECTION OF THE YEAR

The Business, Eastern Daily Press

The Weekender, Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser

Times Past, Glasgow Times

Weekend, Belfast Telegraph

Weekend, Western Mail

Your Life, The Press and Journal

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

150 years of the Belfast Telegraph

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald: 160 years

Glastonbury 50, County Gazette

Harry Gregg, Sunday Life

The Northern Echo: the 150th Anniversary

VE Day supplement, The Press and Journal

We Salute You! The Mail, Barrow

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Carlisle Living, Newsquest Cumbria

Courier Weekend Magazine

Cumbria Life, Newsquest Cumbria

Dumfries & Galloway Life, Newsquest Cumbria

Herefordshire Living, Hereford Times

The Herald Magazine

Ulster Business, Belfast Telegraph group

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY PAPERS

Sponsored by HoldTheFrontPage

‘Be safe, be careful and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do’, Wokingham.Today

Death of a Peacemaker, Derry News

United front, Kent Messenger

We didn’t get to say goodbye, Impartial Reporter

We WILL get through this, Hereford Times

‘We’re shattered beyond belief’, Bucks Free Press

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR – DAILY/SUNDAY PAPERS

Sponsored by HoldTheFrontPage

Bonkers – Sex club reopens… with social distancing rules in place, Evening Telegraph

CHAMPIONS, Liverpool Echo

Farewell, not goodbye, The Scotsman

Middlesbrough needs… Intensive Care, The Gazette

Our Life in Lockdown, Hull Daily Mail

You’re all heroes, Glasgow Times

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Caroline Flack’s unpublished Instagram post, Eastern Daily Press

Coronavirus in Welsh care homes – the disaster that didn’t have to happen, WalesOnline

Hero teacher walks 5 miles a day to deliver school meals, Grimsby Telegraph

New tier system for local lockdowns revealed, Nottingham Post

Safe House sting sinks new IRA, Sunday Life

The arrest of Joe Anderson, Liverpool Echo

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

BrumWish, Birmingham Mail/BirminghamLive

Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Fund, Cambridge News

Death in care: Families fighting for justice for their failed loved ones, EssexLive

Give our OAPs a Shot, Glasgow Times

Save Our Ship, Hull Daily Mail/Hull Live

The Herald Memorial Garden Campaign, The Herald

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Google News Initiative

Bristol Live

ChronicleLive

KentOnline

Liverpool Echo

Manchester Evening News

PlymouthLive

The Stray Ferret

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project

Belfast Live

Birmingham Live

Glasgow Times Digital Team

Norwich Web Team, EDP24

WalesOnline

YorkshireLive (Reach plc)

DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project

EDP Covid-19 tracker, Eastern Daily Press

Power of Pause, Belfast Live

Robot reporter updates local audiences on coronavirus infection rates, Manchester Evening News

Spikkin Scots, Press and Journal

The Mill newsletter, Manchester

Wembley 2000: The story of Ipswich Town’s promotion to the Premiership, East Anglian Daily Times

THE OVERALL DIGITAL AWARD

Sponsored by Facebook Journalism Project

BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Hull Live

InYourArea

LeedsLive (Reach Plc)

Liverpool Echo

Manchester Evening News

WalesOnline

SPECIAL 2020 AWARD

Aberdeen Journals Home Delivery Team, The Press and Journal

Manchester Evening News

Newsquest Regional ACE network (Team RACE)

Norfolk and Waveney Editorial Team, Eastern Daily Press

The Paper for Bunbury

YorkshireLive (Reach Plc)

PAID FOR WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (BELOW 50,000 TOTAL MONTHLY REACH)

Sponsored by Camelot

Cambridge Independent

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald

Lowestoft Journal

The Hexham Courant

The Ulster Herald

Wokingham Today (The Wokingham Paper)

PAID FOR WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (ABOVE 50,000 TOTAL MONTHLY REACH)

Sponsored by Camelot

Bucks Free Press

Kent Messenger

Kentish Gazette

Newbury Weekly News

The Reading Chronicle

Warrington Guardian

DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (BELOW 400,000 MONTHLY REACH)

Sponsored by Camelot

Evening Telegraph

Grimsby Telegraph

Jersey Evening Post

North Wales Daily Post

The Argus

Western Mail

DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR (ABOVE 400,000 MONTHLY REACH)

Sponsored by Camelot

Belfast Telegraph

Eastern Daily Press

Liverpool Echo

The Chronicle

The Courier

The Irish News

The Press and Journal

SUNDAY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Camelot

Sunday Echo

Sunday Life

Sunday Mercury

Sunday Sun

The Herald on Sunday

FREE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Camelot

Camden New Journal

Islington Tribune

Jewish News

Slough and Windsor Express

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