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Entries open 3 February for Regional Press Awards for 2016
By: SoE

Regional newspapers and their journalists can register and enter the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2016 from 10am next Friday (Friday 3 February 2017). The Awards will celebrate the best of British regional and local newspaper journalism in 2016.

The Society of Editors, supported by Camelot since 2001, organises the awards on behalf of the industry. The awards are made possible by the sponsorship of UK Power Networks, United Utilities, JTI, the IP Group, HoldtheFrontPage, ASDA, PCS, Gorkana, Google, Foot Anstey and the Press Association.

The awards will celebrate regional and local journalism in print or as part of a corresponding digital platform and will include the Making a Difference ~ People’s Choice public vote organised by the News Media Association's Local Media Works for Local Newspaper Week. New categories this year will recognise the Environment Journalist of the Year and Science and Health Journalist of the Year. A new category recognising the Student Journalist of the Year will be open to Society of Editors student members and is designed to encourage excellence in aspiring journalists. Free to enter, the judges will look for the best journalism produced by a student during 2016 and published in a regional newspaper or its related digital platform.

Registration and entries for the awards will open next Friday and entries can be submitted until the deadline on Friday 3 March 2017. Early registration and entries are encouraged so that any issues can be attended to in advance of the deadline. The entry price has been kept at the same level as last year.

Shortlists will be published in mid-April with the awards ceremony and celebratory lunch taking place at the Marriott, Grosvenor Square hotel on Friday 19 May 2017. Full details of the awards and guidance on how to register and enter will be published on early next week.

Paul Horrocks, SoE President in 2007 and former editor of the Manchester Evening News will again chair the judges. Revenue generated by entry fees, table sales and sponsorship will pay for the not-for-profit awards programme and help to support the Journalists’ Charity.

Paul Horrocks, chairman of the judges said: “Once again the Society of Editors is proud to host the premier awards recognising the fantastic journalism produced in the regions.

“When you see the beaming smiles on the faces of the winners, you realise just how much these awards mean.

"They recognise the enormous contribution journalism makes to the fabric of the UK and to communities where journalists uncover issues which others would prefer remain hidden."

For further information or comment please contact the Society of Editors on 01223 304080.

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