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Wilmington loses awards

The British Press Awards will be run by the Newspaper Publishers Association in future.

The move means previous organiser, the Wilmington Group, has lost control of two sets of awards this year.

It follows the successful Regional Press Awards night – run by the NUJ after Wilmington decided not to go ahead with them.

The Newspaper Publishers Association will take control of the British Press Awards from next year.

It has asked the Society of Editors to organise the awards.

The NPA said: “The plan is to provide an editorial and journalism awards scheme for national newspapers in the UK that is independent of any one newspaper, fair and cost-effective, with proceeds retained within the industry.

“It is intended that the awards will generate a surplus which will be retained within the newspaper industry helping to fund campaigning by the Society of Editors on behalf of the media and to support the Journalists’ Charity.”

Earlier the Regional Press Awards proved to be a major success with NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear saying: “We hope the industry itself will recognise local and regional journalists. If it doesn’t we will consider running these awards again.

“We think it is vital to recognise the hard work you all do.”

State of Play: Wilmington belittled the awards and the journalists who picked them up, so good riddance to bad rubbish


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Regional Press Awards shortlist revealed

The full list of nominations for the NUJ’s Regional Press Awards has been published this week.

The winners will be announced at Dingwalls in Camden at 1pm on June 29. As far as The Blog is concerned that fact that at least some journalists will get to see their work honoured this year has made the oft-criticised work of the NUJ worthwhile.

Here is the shortlist in full:

Columnist of the Year

  • Paul Taylor – Manchester Evening News
  • Rod McPhee – Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Barry Gibson – Huddersfield Examiner
  • Erik Petersen – Nottingham Post
  • Stacia Briggs – Norwich Evening News

Campaign of the Year

  • Kirsty Whalley – Croydon Guardian
  • Cara Simpson – Coventry Telegraph
  • Lucy Purdy – Haringey Advertiser
  • Kathryn Torney – Belfast Telegraph
  • Robert Pattison – Sunday Sun

Designer of the Year

  • James Young – Evening Leader / The Leader / Chester Standard
  • Alan Cooper – The News Portsmouth
  • Alan Formby-Jackson – Evening Gazette
  • Graeme Windell – The News
  • Gerard Gough – Scottish Catholic Observer

Feature Writer of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

  • Jayne Dawson – Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Keiron Pim – Eastern Daily Press
  • Rowan Mantell – Eastern Daily Press & Evening News
  • Jim Entwistle – Northern Echo
  • Viv Groskop – Evening Standard
  • Lee Marlow – Leicester Mercury

Feature Writer of the Year (Weekly)

  • Roger Lytollis – Cumberland News
  • Audrey Watson – Belfast Telegraph (Weekend)
  • Lucy Purdy – Haringey Advertiser
  • Michael Russell – West Highland Free Press

Multimedia Journalist of the Year

  • Gail Milne – Glenrothes Gazette
  • Joseph Watts – Nottingham Post
  • Nick Stylianou – The Orbital (student mag)
  • Sion Donovan – Portsmouth.co.uk
  • William Watt – Blackpool Gazette

Multimedia Publisher of the Year

  • Jo Wood – thisiscornwall.co.uk
  • Peter Raven – pinkun.com
  • Stewart Kirkpatrick – Caledonian Mercury
  • Paul Bradshaw – Help Me Investigate

Photographer of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

  • Simon Dack – theargus.co.uk
  • Martin Shields – The Herald
  • Marc Turner – Herald and Times
  • Mark Bikerdike – Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Stuart Boulton – Northern Echo

Photographer of the Year (Weekly)

  • Stephen Garnett – Craven Herald
  • Alistair Wilson – Surrey Advertiser
  • Chris Whiteoak – Surrey Advertiser
  • Mark Soanes – Waltham Forest Guardian
  • Peter Foster – Galloway Gazette

Reporter of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

  • Phil Coleman – The News and Star
  • Bimpe Archer – The Irish News
  • Allison Morris – The Irish News
  • Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life
  • Gavin Aitchinson – The Press

Reporter of the Year (Weekly)

  • Cherry Wilson – Rotherham Advertiser & Croydon Advertiser
  • Phil Turner – Rotherham Post
  • Katie Davis – Ham & High
  • Kate Mason – West Highland Press
  • Eleanor Harding – Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Sports Journalist of the Year (Daily/Sunday)

  • Neil Allen – Portsmouth.co.uk
  • Scott Wilson – Northern Echo
  • Amanda Little – News & Star (Cumbria)
  • Jon Colman – News and Star
  • Martin Smith – The Star, Sheffield

Sports Journalist of the Year (Weekly)

  • Eric Mackinnon – West Lothian Courier
  • Jon Colman – The Cumberland News
  • Amanda Little – The Cumberland News
  • Chris McNulty – Donegal
  • Keith MacKenzie – West Highland Press

Student Journalist of the Year

  • Mark Duell – Forgetoday.com
  • Andy Halls – Pluto
  • Rosie Taylor – Forge Press
  • Jennie Agg – Student Direct
  • Nick Stylianou

Scoop of the Year

  • Bimpe Archer – The Irish News
  • Gavin Aitchinson – The Press
  • Cherry Wilson – Rotherham Advertiser & Croydon Advertiser
  • Victoria Raimes – Evening News (Edinburgh)
  • Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life

Sports Photographer of the Year

  • Stuart Harrison – Swindon Advertiser
  • Mark Bickerdike – Yorkshire Post
  • Chris Booth – Northern Echo
  • Lucy Ray – Bradford Telegraph & Argus
  • Chris Vaughan – Lincolnshire Echo

Sports Photographer of the Year (Weekly)

  • Chris Whiteoak – Aldershot News
  • Stephen Garnett – Craven Herald
  • Marie Caley – Doncaster Today
  • Liz Mockler – Doncaster Free Press
  • Ann Marie Sanderson – various

Specialist Writer of the Year

  • Carl Eve – The Herald
  • Keiron Pim – Eastern Daily Press
  • Susanna Wilkey – Hampstead & Highgate Express
  • Katie Baldwin – Yorkshire Post

The Felix Dearden Reporting on Race Awards

  • Tinashe Mushakavantu
  • Nick Tarver
  • Mary Griffin

Source: National Union of Journalists website

State of Play: Kiss of life

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Another one bites the dust…

Another week, another press awards night cancelled.
This time it’s the turn of The Scottish Press Photography Awards, which recognises the achievements of staffers and freelancers north of the border.
The awards attracted more than 3,000 enteries last year.
It has been axed after First ScotRail’s contract to sponsor the prize giving expired and Glasgow-based organisers 3×1 failed to secure new sponsorship.
The cancellation follows the news that neither the Newspaper Society Awards or the Regional Press Awards will be running this year.

State of Play: No awards this year

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Press Awards shame – part two

Those overly expensive awards nights on which the newspaper industry gorged itself in previous years have taken further hits.

Earlier this month The Blog commented on how impoverished regional bosses couldn’t afford to take part in the Regional Press Awards, forcing them to be scrapped for 2010.

Now more of these lavish bashes, which after all do nothing more than celebrate the achievements of those insignificant little people who lovingly write and produce the regional press, have been axed.

The latest to go are the Newspaper Society’s three annual awards: The Circulation, Editorial and Promotions Awards, which aim to reward the best journalists and newspapers as well as circulation and advertising initiatives, the prestigious Weekly Newspaper Awards and the Advertising and Digital Media Awards.

The awards were withdrawn last year due to poor trading conditions and this week the Newspaper Society revealed it wouldn’t be going ahead in 2010 either.

It’s no surprise really with entry fees for such events costing £39 per journo and ticket prices for the Regional Press Awards ceremony costing around £130 each. Just think how many estate agents you could wine and dine with that amount of money?

With neither competition running it seems there will be no national recognition for the top journalists in the country – but at least the starving shareholders will still have their custards creams.

Sources: Press Gazette, HoldtheFrontPage

State of Play: Unloved and uncared for II

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Shame of Regional Awards snub

So the 2010 Regional Press Awards has been scrapped.
And reading between the lines it’s because media groups don’t want to spend any of their precious cash on recognising their journalists.
The Wilmington Group, which maintained the rights to the awards after it sold Press Gazette, said they had been ditched after it held talks with key members of the regional newspaper industry.
Event director Doug Marshall said newspaper publishers “felt in the current climate they were unable to commit to entering the awards.”
In other words ‘we’re not spending money celebrating our staff while our bottom line is falling.’
The Blog has to ask how much would it really cost to put together entries for those staff who have gone the extra mile?
OK, so times are hard, but companies are still making profits, even if greatly reduced.
Archant announced £15m operating profits yesterday, while Trinity Mirror’s latest figures showed a £35m profit and even cash strapped Johnston Press must have some money available after its new ATEX system allowed it to hack away at the subbing department.
Is it really too much to ask for some spare change to pay for reporters to enter an awards event.
Or would that mean one less biscuit for the shareholders?

State of Play: Unloved and uncared for

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