Regional Award Categories

Young journalist of the year

Open to journalists aged 26 or under on 31 December 2022. Entries can include work from any journalistic discipline.   The award is supported by the Cecil King Memorial Foundation and the winner will receive a £2,500 bursary to be used for travel purposes to research an agreed article or series of articles for their title. 

 

The Regional Young Journalist of the Year Award recognises an outstanding young journalist (under the age of 26) associated with the UK regional press.  The bursary provided by the Cecil King Memorial Foundation is intended to support the winner of the Award in gaining wider journalistic experience in the UK or abroad.

 

Cecil King (1901-1987) had a long association with the world of journalism, including as chairman of Daily Mirror Newspapers, Sunday Pictorial Newspapers and the International Publishing Corporation.

 

Additional information for those being nominated/doing the nomination

-       The winner’s proposed topic(s)/travel plan will be agreed with the Foundation in advance of payment of the bursary and in advance of any travel;

-       The Foundation encourages the recipient to think about an area (including both journalistic discipline and geographical area) which is outside the areas they are otherwise familiar with;

-       The Foundation suggests that the travel should cover a period of not less than 2 weeks;

-       Travel costs can include travel and transport, accommodation and living costs/subsistence;

-       The nominating Editor or newspaper will be expected to enable the Award recipient to take the required time to be able to make use of the bursary, including time away from normal duties/roles and opportunity to travel;

-       Where possible the bursary – and associated travel – should be used within 12 months of receipt of the Award.


Reporter of the year (daily)

This award recognises excellence in reporting. The winner will demonstrate a track record of breaking exclusives, expertly researched stories and quality writing. Tenacity, flair and investigative skill will all score highly.

Reporter of the year (weekly)

This award recognises excellence in reporting. The winner will demonstrate a track record of breaking exclusives, expertly researched stories and quality writing. Tenacity, flair and investigative skill will all score highly.

Sports journalist of the year

For news writers, match reporters, feature writers, interviewers and columnists. Entries may be from a variety of sports or a single sport. Judges will look for consistently high quality writing, agenda-setting reporting and originality in presentation.

Specialist journalist of the year

Open to journalists who specialise in a particular topic, from science, technology or business to music, travel or motoring. Judges will be looking for a mastery of the topic, originality and flair in writing and a track record of tackling important topics.

Feature writer of the year

This award covers all forms of long-form journalism, from colour writing to news analysis, background pieces or profiles. Judges will look for an ability to impart original insight and key information as well as the ability to entertain and impress through quality writing.

Columnist of the year

For columnists across all topics, styles and channels. The winner will be a writer who is a must-read, with a distinctive style and the ability to provoke debate and change perceptions among readers.

Photographer of the year

This category is open to news, sports or features photographers. Judges will be looking for versatility in style and subject matter, technical skills and the ability to capture images that stand out from the pack.

Designer of the year

This category is open to designers on any print title. Judges will be looking for an ability to create visually pleasing and innovative pages that also clearly aid readers in engaging with content, as well as an ability to create a distinctive look in keeping with the brand’s broader values.

Scoop of the year

This category is open to stories, or multiple stories, on a topic that draws the envy of the rest of the journalistic profession. It can be entered by individuals or teams, with judges looking for exclusivity and impact above all else.

Campaign of the year

This award is open to all titles, and can be entered by individuals or teams. It celebrates campaigns that capture attention and achieve tangible results. Judges will be looking for the importance of the cause, the originality of the approach and the end result.

Reporting communities award

This special award recognises the remarkable work of regional newspapers to ensure all communities are well represented in coverage. Entries can come from individual journalists of teams, and should demonstrate how they have ensured the diverse communities in their publication’s region are well served and that their journalists reach out to provide reporting that is inclusive and all-encompassing, regardless of ethnicity, ability, faith or sexuality.

Cathryn Nicholl Award

The award is open to any journalist working for a weekly or daily local or regional newspaper published in the UK, who is aged between 18 and 25. Entrants must submit a published feature or news story based on an interview that they have carried out with a well- known person or celebrity during the eligible period for these awards. The judges will be looking for what they consider to be the best entry on the basis of quality, flair and originality of the prose and contribution to public debate or entertainment. 

Set up by the News Media Association, the Award has been launched in memory of Cathryn Nicoll, who held the position of news editor at the Croydon Advertiser during her career as a journalist. Cathryn was known for her passionate belief in journalistic standards and training, and the award will highlight and reward brilliant interviewing and feature writing by young journalists, with a cash prize of £500 for the winner.

Digital initiative of the year

This category focuses on those bright ideas that changed the face of digital coverage. This could be an individual’s single idea that shaped a massive response from the public, or a team effort that showed flair and imagination as well as technical know-how. Judges will be looking for evidence of originality of ideas, as well as a clear impact.

Website of the year

This award is open to both digital-only publications and to websites produced by newspapers. Judges will be looking for strong presentation, innovation across both content and technology, and the depth and originality of digital coverage, as well as user experience.

Supplement of the year

This award is open to any publication published as part of a newspaper, at any regularity and in any format. Judges will look at quality of content, use of design and photography and readability, as well as suitability of content for the target audience, brand and alignment with the broader parent publication.

Front page of the year

An award celebrating the most memorable and impactful front page published in print during the eligibility period. Judges will look for originality, clarity and most of all immediate impact.

News brand of the year (Small)

Open to newspapers or to digital-only operations. This award recognises the brand that has made the most impact and provided the most high-quality, original and innovative coverage of events during the eligible period. Judges will be looking for consistent quality across all areas of editorial coverage, and evidence of journalistic impact.

Open to brands with below 50,000 total monthly reach for UK publications (not including Northern Ireland)/below 10,000 circulation for Northern Ireland titles.

News brand of the year (Large)

Open to newspapers or to digital-only operations. This award recognises the brand that has made the most impact and provided the most high-quality, original and innovative coverage of events during the eligible period. Judges will be looking for consistent quality across all areas of editorial coverage, and evidence of journalistic impact.

Open to brands with above 50,0000 total monthly reach for UK publications (not including Northern Ireland)/above 10,000 circulation for Northern Ireland titles.