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Regional Press Awards – shortlists announced

Shortlists for the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2014 have been announced.

The Regional Press Awards, which celebrate the best of British regional and local newspaper journalism in 2014 in print, online and any other news platform, will be handed out at a ceremony over lunch to be held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel on Friday 15 May 2015.

The Regional Press Awards are made possible by the lead sponsorship of UK Power Networks. They are supported by ASDA, ABC, Foot Anstey, the Gorkana Group and JTI. They are held in association with HoldtheFrontPage and the Press Association.

The Society of Editors, which has been supported by Camelot since 2001, organises the awards on behalf of the newspaper industry.

The first News Media UK AGM will be held before the ceremony. The event will also see the awarding of the Making a Difference - People’s Choice public vote organised by Local Media Works, part of News Media UK, for Local Newspaper Week.

A total of 37 candidates have been unveiled which aims to highlight the campaign work undertaken by the local press in the UK. The week begins on 11 May, when an online poll will allow members of the public to vote for their favourite campaign from the past 12 months. The winner from the selection, which can be viewed here, will be announced alongside the winner of the Society of Editors Campaign of the Year Award on the day.

The awards ceremony will be hosted by LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari.

Chairman of the judges Paul Horrocks said: “Once again the judges have been impressed by both the quality and quantity of the entries.

“We very much look forward to welcoming the shortlisted candidates on 15 May to further celebrate the work of the regions.”

Bob Satchwell, Executive Director of the Society of Editors 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."

Full shortlist:

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Isaac Crowson – Derby Telegraph

Gareth Davies – The Argus

Laura Hill – Harrogate Advertiser

Brendan Hughes – The Irish News

Ciaran Jones – Media Wales

Elaine O’Flynn – The Bolton News

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

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Jon Austin – The Echo, Basildon

Simon Bain – The Herald, Glasgow

Bernard Ginns – The Yorkshire Post

Jon Griffin – Birmingham Mail

Robin Johnson – Derby Telegraph

Simon Penfold – Express & Star, Wolverhampton

SPECIALIST WRITER OF THE YEAR

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Jon Austin – The Echo, Basildon

Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life

Janet Boyle – Sunday Post

Aasma Day – Lancashire Evening Post

Martin George – Eastern Daily Press

Jeanette Oldham – Birmingham Mail

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Catherine Barnes – Western Morning News

Gemma Collins – Leicester Mercury

Rowan Mantell – Eastern Daily Press

Lee Marlow – Leicester Mercury

Kate Proctor – The Journal, Newcastle

Chae Strathie –Sunday Post

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

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Emma Clayton – Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Carolyn Hitt – Media Wales

Fred Leicester – Leicester Mercury

Allison Morris – The Irish News

Catriona Stewart – The Herald, Glasgow

Daniel Wainwright – Express & Star, Wolverhampton

WEEKLY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Jon Colman – The Cumberland News

Danny Hall – The Star, Sheffield

Chris Harby – Melton Times

Andrew Jones – North Devon Journal

Eric Mackinnon – The Stornoway Gazette

George Thorpe – Packet Newspapers

DAILY/SUNDAY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Paul Abbandonato – Media Wales

Phil Buckingham – Hull Daily Mail

Jon Colman – News & Star, Carlisle

Suzanne Geldard – Lancashire Telegraph

Mark Guidi – Sunday Post

Chris Wathan – Media Wales

WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

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Louisa Clarence-Smith – Wimbledon Guardian

Phil Coleman – The Cumberland News

Gareth Davies – Croydon Advertiser

John Elworthy – Cambs Times

Antony Gedge – Cambrian News

Emma Hobley – Braintree and Witham Times

DAILY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

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Jon Austin – The Echo, Basildon

Gordon Blackstock – The Sunday Post

Allison Coggan – Hull Daily Mail

Patricia Devlin – Sunday Life

Patrick Knox – Southern Daily Echo

Mike Lockley – Birmingham Mail

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Richard Cave – Oxford Mail

Michael Gillen – The Falkirk Herald

Ian Longthorne – Baylis Media Ltd

Arwyn Parry-Jones- Cambrian News

Anita Ross-Marshall – Bucks Free Press

Christopher Whiteoak – Aldershot News & Mail

DAILY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Denise Bradley – Eastern Daily Press

David Fleming – Oxford Mail

Cliff Hide – Oxford Mail

Paul Jacobs – The News, Portsmouth

Jon Lewis – Oxford Mail

Mike Sewell – Leicester Mercury

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Kathryn Clarke-Mcleod – Western Morning News

Sian David – Bath Chronicle

Annette Hudson – Eastern Daily Press

Gus Proctor – Dundee Courier and Advertiser

Le-Anne Reeves – Eastern Daily Press

Adam Walker – Media Wales

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Celebrating 100 years – Sunday Post

Cumbria@40 – The Cumberland News

First World War – Dundee Courier and Advertiser

Great War 100 – Liverpool Echo

More – Leicester Mercury

The Yorkshire Post Magazine

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

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‘Beyond Belief’ – Dundee Evening Telegraph

‘End of a dream’ – Edinburgh Evening News

‘Goodbye Big Man’ – Belfast Telegraph

‘Man is killed by train, then this happened’ – Brentwood Gazette

‘Phew, it’s over. A big thanks to…’ – Western Mail

‘We Will Remember Them’ – Dorset Echo

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

‘Beyond Belief’, Darren Hamilton – Dundee Evening Telegraph

‘Echo nabs £1million fraudster’, Jon Austin – The Echo, Basildon

‘H’Boro Insults Posted from Government Computers’, Oliver Duggan – Liverpool Echo

‘I’m glad dog ate my face’, Aasma Day, Lancashire Evening Post

‘Michaella: My Story’, Patricia Devlin – Sunday Life

‘This will really get up your nose’, Marc Meneaud – Sunday Post

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

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75-Year Cover-Up – Birmingham Mail

Greengate Memorial – Manchester Evening News

Harold Morgan Appeal – Media Wales

Keep Our Streets Free – News & Star, Carlisle

Loneliness: The Hidden Epidemic – The Yorkshire Post

Manchester Dogs Home – Manchester Evening News

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

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Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Birmingham Mail

edp24.co.uk

Kent Online

Liverpool Echo

P&J Online

THE DIGITAL AWARD

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Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Birmingham Mail

Great North Run Million – Newcastle Evening Chronicle

Newsroom 3.1 – Trinity Mirror

Trinity Mirror Data Unit

Wales Online

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 20,000)

Bath Chronicle

Brentwood Gazette

Cambrian News

Keighley News

Kent Messenger

Macclesfield Express

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 20,000)

Camden New Journal

Croydon Advertiser

Essex Chronicle

North Devon Journal

The Cumberland News

The Westmorland Gazette

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 25,000)

Cambridge News

Dorset Echo

News & Star, Carlisle

Sunday Echo

The Journal, Newcastle

Western Mail

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 25,000)

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Birmingham Mail

Eastern Daily Press

Liverpool Echo

Sunday Life

The Irish News