Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Regional Press Awards: The shortlist

Here you go - the Regional Press Awards shortlists that I know many of you have been waiting for:

Business and Finance Journalist of the Year
Simon Bain, The Herald, Glasgow
Jon Griffin, Birmingham Mail
Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph
Catherine Lea, Hull Daily Mail                       
Owen McAteer, The Northern Echo                       
Michael Ribbeck, Bristol Evening Post           

Digital Innovation of the Year                 
Birmingham Mail Communities, Birmingham Mail
Greater Manchester Police 24, Manchester Evening News
How YOU will bear the brunt of the cuts, Manchester Evening News                       
Hunt for Raoul Moat, NCJ Media, Newcastle                        
The Pinkun, Norwich            
Virtual Reality Museum of Norfolk, Eastern Daily Press
Daily/Sunday Photographer of the Year
Christopher Booth, The Northern Echo                       
Anthony Chappel-Ross, The Press, York                       
Matthew Horwood, Media Wales                       
Gareth Jones, Liverpool Daily Post and Echo                        
Mark McCormick, Sunday Life                       
Liz Pearce, Media Wales  

Weekly Photographer of the Year
Ian Cooper, Chester Chronicle
Stephen Garnett, Craven Herald                       
Chris Gleave, Manchester Evening News Weekly group                       
Sean Hansford, Rochdale Observer                       
Stuart Vance, West Lothian Courier                       
Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News                       

Scoop of the Year
Mary Griffin, Woman caught dumping cat in wheelie bin, Coventry Telegraph
Shaun Jepson, We find the runaway sex fiend, Derby Telegraph
Keeley Knowles, Teen banned from US over Obama hate mail, Bedfordshire on Sunday
Jeanette Oldham, Asylum missing millions, Sunday Mercury           
Martin Shipton, Long List of S4C TV shows with zero viewers, Media Wales                       
Lui Stracci, Pakistan Murder trial accused living on benefits, Luton and Dunstable Express                       

Young Journalist of the Year
Ryan Crighton, The Press and Journal           
Claire Duffin, Derby Telegraph                       
Matthew Holehouse, The Herald, Glasgow                       
Joe Shute, Yorkshire Post                       
Dan Warburton, NCJ Media, Newcastle                       
Chris Watt, Herald and Times, Glasgow           

Feature Writer of the Year
Laura Davis, Liverpool Daily Post                                   
Lee Marlow, Leicester Mercury                                   
Rod McPhee,  Yorkshire Evening Post                                   
David O’Dornan, Sunday Life                                   
Dave Owens, Media Wales                                   
Adam Wakelin, Leicester Mercury                                   
Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph                 
Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year
Paul Abbandonato, Media Wales
Jon Colman, News and Star, Carlisle                       
Andy Cryer, Lancashire Telegraph                       
John Gibson, Evening Chronicle, Newcastle                       
James Robson, Manchester Evening News                       
Martin Smith, The Star, Sheffield                       
Anthony Vickers, Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year
Bimpe Archer, The Irish News                       
Adam Aspinall, Sunday Mercury                       
Ben Kendall, Eastern Daily Press
Allison Morris, The Irish News           
Jeanette Oldham, Sunday Mercury                       
Martin Shipton, Media Wales
Dan Thompson, Manchester Evening News           

Front Page of the Year
Temper Graffiti, Birmingham Post
Help Us Grow, Bristol Evening Post        
A Day When Derry Changed, Derry News        
Get In,  Evening Chronicle, Newcastle                    
Our City Divided, Manchester Evening News        
Hurricane’s Epitaph, Sunday Life                                            
The Gull Menace, The Bath Chronicle           

Specialist Writer of the Year 
Ciaran Barnes, Crime Reporter, Sunday Life
Alison Dayani, Health Correspondent, Birmingham Mail
Tom Dowling, Disability, All Together NOW!                       
Nicky Harley, Court Reporter, Hull Daily Mail                       
Shaun Lintern, Health Correspondent, Express & Star, Wolverhampton           
Vicki Mathias, Health Reporter, Bristol Evening Post                       
Becky Sheaves,  Food and Drink Editor, Western Morning News                       
Charles Walker, Local Government  Correspondent, Nottingham Post                             

Columnist of the Year
Gavin Aitchison, The Press, York           
Simon Carr,  Southern Daily Echo                       
John Connery, News Letter,  Ulster                       
Colin Drury, The Star, Sheffield                       
Ian Midgley, Hull Daily Mail                       
Erik Petersen, Nottingham Post                                   

Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year
Jon Colman, The Cumberland News                       
Chris Harby, Melton Times           
Amanda Little, The Cumberland News
Eric Mackinnon, West Lothian Courier           
Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser                       
David Powell,  North Devon Journal                       

Designer of the Year                                                                       
Ian Bond, Hull Daily Mail           
Neil Cammies, Media Wales                       
Peter Devine,  Manchester Evening News                        
Alan Formby-Jackson, Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough
Angela Swann,  Oxford Mail                       
Doug Young, NCJ Media, Newcastle                        

Weekly Reporter of the Year
Anthony Bonnici, West Briton                       
Paul Francis, The Kent Messenger                       
Charlotte Richardson, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury 
John Siddle, Trinity Mirror Merseyside Weeklies                       
Lui Straccia,  Luton & Dunstable Express                       
Janine Yaqoob, Trinity Mirror Merseyside Weeklies                             

Campaign of the Year                                   
Give Water, Give Life, Derby Telegraph
Make it Marham,  Eastern Daily Press                       
End the Indignity,  Evening News, Norwich                       
You Saved Tea Bar,  Greenock Telegraph
Air Angels,  Sunday Sun
Jet Set NHS, The Irish News
Safety Net, The Northern Echo
Communities in Need, Yorkshire Post    

Regular Supplement of the Year 
Banter Magazine,  Bristol Evening Post
Crime Files,  Birmingham Mail                       
City Life,  Manchester Evening News                       
The Pink Un, Eastern Daily Press                       
Weekend,  Gloucestershire Echo                       
Weekend Magazine, Belfast Telegraph                       
Western Mail Magazine, Western Mail           

Special Supplement of the Year
250 Anniversary, Bath Chronicle 
140 Anniversary, Eastern Daily Press                       
Election Saturday Special,  Ham & High
Sportsdesk, Oxford Mail           
All Ireland Football Final, The Irish News           
Farewell to the Ark, The News, Portsmouth                       

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (above 25,000) 
East Anglian Daily Times                                   
Press & Journal                                   
The Irish News                                   
The Journal                                    
Sunday Life                                   
Yorkshire Post                                   
Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (below 25,000)
Cambridge News                                   
Evening Star, Ipswich                                   
Lincolnshire Echo                                   
News & Star, Carlisle                                   
Oxford Mail                                   
The Gazette, Blackpool                                   

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (above 20,000) 
Chester Chronicle
Cumberland News 
Essex Chronicle
North Devon Journal
Somerset County Gazette
South London Press                  

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (below 20,000)
Bath Chronicle
Derry News
Ham & High
Northumberland Gazette 
Oxford Times 
The Cornishman 

The overall winners have not been chosen yet. That happens in the next stage when all the judges get together. 
The judges have so far studied more than 750 entries in the first stage (and each entry is made up of three copies, so that's a lot of reading). The winners will be announced at a lunchtime awards ceremony at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank on May 11 hosted by Nick Ferrari.
Tickets are £70 (plus vat) per person or £700 (plus vat) per table to include a pre-lunch drinks reception and wine with lunch. Special rates for overnight stays may be available. To book your place please contact 
Don't forget this is a non-profit event, all proceeds going to the Journalists' Charity. So let's have your support and I'll see you on May 11. Good luck.
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