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Regional Press Awards – the shortlists

The Society of Editors has revealed the shortlists for the Regional Press Awards for 2019. The winners will be announced on 19 June.

Regional Press Awards – the shortlists

This year’s awards ceremony would have taken place in London on 5 June, but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis. However, the Society says it was determined that the awards should still go ahead.

SoE executive director, Ian Murray said, “The annual Regional Press Awards is THE occasion in the calendar when the regional and local press can shout about the excellence that runs through the industry. It is a great pity that the awards gala lunch had to be cancelled, but we were determined the hard work by so many talented journalists in the regional press should not go unrecognised.

“The judging process has taken a little longer this year due to the present circumstances, and we are extremely grateful to all of the judges who have given up their time to provide such valuable support along with our sponsors."

Categories this year include the Cathryn Nicoll Interviewer of the Year award in conjunction with the NMA. The award, which carries a £500 cash prize, is in memory of Cathryn Nicoll who held the position of news editor at the Croydon Advertiser during her career as a journalist.

Shortlist for Regional Press Awards 2019

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Ashlie Blakey, Manchester Evening News

Emilia Bona, Liverpool Echo

Emily Townsend, East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star

Jack Dyson, Kentish Gazette

Jessie Mathewson, East London Guardian

Lydia Chantler-Hicks, Kentish Gazette

Marcus Hughes, WalesOnline

SPECIALIST WRITER/IMPACT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Abbie Wightwick, WalesOnline

Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life

Helen McArdle, The Herald

Joe Thomas, Liverpool Echo

Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo

Seanin Graham, The Irish News

FEATURE WRITER/LONG FORM JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Amanda Powell, The Western Mail

Anna Lewis, WalesOnline

Barry Didcock, The Herald & The Herald On Sunday

Joe Thomas, Liverpool Echo

Rebecca Day, Manchester Evening News

Richard Heath, Jersey Evening Post

BUSINESS & FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Alistair Houghton, Liverpool Echo and Reach plc

Greg Wright, The Yorkshire Post

Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph

Paul Brackley, Cambridge Independent

Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph

Tom Houghton, Liverpool Echo

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – DAILY PAPER

Allison Morris, The Irish News

Carolyn Hitt, The Western Mail

Catriona Stewart, The Herald

Helen Mead, Telegraph & Argus

Ian McConnell, The Herald

Neil Mackay, The Herald/The Herald on Sunday

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY PAPER

Mike Kelly, Sunday Sun

Mike Lockley, Birmingham Mail / Sunday Mercury

Peter Grant, Wirral Globe

Phil Wisdom, Cornish Guardian

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – DAILY PAPER

Andy Watters, The Irish News

Carolyn Hitt, The Western Mail

Katie Sands, WalesOnline

Leigh Curtis, The Nottingham Post and Nottinghamshire Live

Neil Allen, The News, Portsmouth

Paul Abbandonato, WalesOnline

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY/ SUNDAY PAPER

Fraser Watson, Western Telegraph

Jon Colman, The Cumberland News

Liam Headd, Newbury Weekly News

Mark Taylor, Cambridge Independent

Paul Davis, Rotherham Advertiser

Paul Ferguson, Sunday Life

DATA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Aimee Stanton, JPIMedia

Annie Gouk, Reach Data Unit

Chris McCall, The Scotsman

Federica Bedendo, The Whitehaven News/ News & Star

Harriet Clugston, RADAR AI

Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman / Scotland on Sunday

SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Cahair O’Kane, The Irish News

Daniel Russell, The Nottingham Post and Nottinghamshire Live

Kristian Johnson, LeedsLive

Lee Ryder, Newcastle Chronicle

Will Hayward, WalesOnline

Zoe Chamberlain, BirminghamLive

DIGITAL LIVE NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Cathy Owen, Media Wales

Emilia Bona, Liverpool Echo

Jilly Beattie, BelfastLive

Joe Thomas, Liverpool Echo

Kristian Johnson, LeedsLive

Neil Docking, Liverpool Echo

Samantha Yarwood, Manchester Evening News

DIGITAL LIVE SPORTS REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Alex James, LancsLive

Andrew Musgrove, ChronicleLive

Beren Cross, LeedsLive

Gareth Hanna, Belfast Telegraph

REPORTING COMMUNITIES AWARD

Ann Fotheringham, Glasgow Times

Catriona Stewart, Herald & Times Group

Kathryn Williams, WalesOnline

Liverpool Echo Facebook Community Reporters (Jess Molyneux & Lisa Rand), Liverpool Echo

Liz Perkins, South Wales Evening Post/WalesOnline

Rakeem Omar Hyatt, BirminghamLive

Will Hayward, WalesOnline

THE CATHRYN NICOLL AWARD

Andra Maciuca, Saffron Walden Reporter

Joseph Locker, The Nottingham Post & Nottinghamshire Live

Mark Donnelly, Sunderland Echo

WEEKLY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser

Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life

John Toner, Sunday Life

John Elworthy, Cambs Times/ Ely Standard

Les Reid, Coventry Observer

Mike Lockley, Sunday Mercury

Rodney Edwards, The Impartial Reporter

DAILY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Amy Fenton, The Mail, Cumbria

Connor Lynch, Grimsby Telegraph

Joe Thomas, Liverpool Echo

Kelly Williams, Daily Post

Liam Thorp, Liverpool Echo

Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman

Suzanne Breen, Belfast Telegraph

WEEKLY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Colm O’Reilly, Sunday Life

Dave Kneale, Isle of Man Examiner

Ian Longthorne, Maidenhead Advertiser

Mark Williamson, Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

Michael Gillen, The Falkirk Herald

Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News

DAILY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Bruce Rollinson, The Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post

Denise Bradley, Eastern Daily Press & Norwich Evening News

Ian Cooper, North Wales Daily Post

James Hardisty, The Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post

Simon Hulme, The Yorkshire Post

Stuart Walker, News & Star

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – NEWSPAPER

Debbie Rodman, Bury Free Press

Ian Bond, Hull Daily Mail

Keith Williams, Derby Telegraph

Kelly Leung, Reach Data Unit

Marianna Longo, Reach Data Unit

Simon Hill, Express & Star

Tom Evans, Liverpool Echo

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR – MAGAZINE/SUPPLEMENT

Clarke Cooper, The Press and Journal

Daniel Beavan, Reach Plc

David Lewins, Bristol Post: Weekend Magazine

Kevin Farrell, The Irish News

Lisa Walsh, Western Mail

Nancy Fallows, Eastern Daily Press & Norwich Evening News

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Back Where We Belong, Express & Star

TdY Magazine, The Yorkshire Post

The Story of the Maidenhead Advertiser

Weekend, Express & Star / Shropshire Star

Weekend, Belfast Telegraph

Your Life, The Press and Journal

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Devon Life

Dorset Living magazine

ecoJersey, Jersey Evening Post

Life, Jewish News

Shropshire Magazine, Express & Star / Shropshire Star

Velvet, Bury Free Press

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR – DAILY PAPER

Child of the ceasefires…. killed by a dissident bullet, Belfast Telegraph

Crisis, The Courier

Don’t be fooled by fake news, Yorkshire Evening Post

La Tragedie de Notre Dame, The Scotsman

Six Stone – and ruled fit for work, Liverpool Echo

They tried to make the world a better place, Cambridge News

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY/SUNDAY PAPER

‘Choose something’, The Herald on Sunday

Evil Eyes, Sunday Life

For the love of Lucas, East Kent Mercury

My childminder sold me for sex, Impartial Reporter

Shameless/ Killed for the Cameras, Sunday Life

The Lost Boys, MEN on Sunday

To everyone you are a hero, Reading Chronicle

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Brave daughter saved my life in knife attack, Derby Telegraph

Evil Eyes, Sunday Life

LGBT equality protests at Birmingham schools, BirminghamLive

Senior teacher bombarded pupil, 15 with flirty messages, Daily Post

Stephen Smith – The Six Stone Man, Liverpool Echo

Why police commissioner quit, Cambs Times / Ely Standard

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR – DAILY PAPER

Birmingham Pub Bombing Inquest Campaign, Birmingham Mail

Oscar Saxelby-Lee appeal, Worcester News

Power up the North, Manchester Evening News

Power up the North, The Yorkshire Post

Speak Up, Hull Daily Mail

Time to Talk, The Mail, Barrow

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR – WEEKLY/SUNDAY PAPER

Save Kentish Town City Farm, Camden New Journal

Paedophile Police Informant campaign, Yellow Advertiser

Save Reading Gaol, The Reading Chronicle

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Belfast Telegraph

ChronicleLive, Newcastle Chronicle

HullLive, Hull Daily Mail

Irishnews.com, The Irish News

manchestereveningnews.co.uk, Manchester Evening News

plymouthherald.co.uk, PlymouthLive

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM OF THE YEAR

BirminghamLive

ChronicleLive

NottinghamshireLive

Manchester Evening News

WalesOnline

Warrington Guardian

DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Brexit Voices from Northern Ireland, Belfast Telegraph

Instagram, Manchester Evening News

Opening Eyes on Homelessness, BelfastLive

Peterloo – 200 years on, Manchester Evening News

Rugby World Cup, WalesOnline

Shaped by a River: Tales of the Tay, The Courier

WalesOnline TikTok project

THE OVERALL DIGITAL AWARD

ChronicleLive, Newcastle Chronicle

EDP24, Eastern Daily Press & Norwich Evening News

KentOnline, IM News

liverpoolecho.co.uk

Reach Data Unit

WalesOnline

INNOVATION AND INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

21421, The Jewish News

BusinessLive, Reach Plc

Community Content Network, The Mail, Barrow

Norwich City Sticker Album, Eastern Daily Press

Radar AI | Local News Wire, RADAR AI

Statement, The Irish News

FREE WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Camden New Journal

Chronicle Week

Islington Tribune

Jewish News

Slough and Windsor Express

St Helens Star

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

Basingstoke Gazette

Bucks Free Press

Kent Messenger

Maidenhead Advertiser

MEN on Sunday

Newbury Weekly News

The Reading Chronicle

Warrington Guardian

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

Beccles & Bungay Journal

Bury Free Press

Cambridge Independent

Farnham Herald

Newry Reporter

Sunday Mercury

The Herald on Sunday

The Impartial Reporter

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

Express & Star

Hull Daily Mail

Manchester Evening News

The Cambridge News

The Courier

The Herald

The Irish News

The Yorkshire Post

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

Basildon Echo

Birmingham Mail

Evening Telegraph

Jersey Evening Post

South Wales Evening Post

The Mail, Barrow

Western Mail

Yorkshire Evening Post