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Belfast Telegraph leading Northern Ireland nominations for UK Regional Press Awards

The Belfast Telegraph has been nominated for a string of awards at this year's prestigious UK Society of Editors Regional Press awards.

It is among 70 print and digital titles nominated in the awards which are considered among the most prestigious in the industry.

The awards recognise the best in the industry at regional level. Other titles in the running include the Manchester Evening News, Liverpool Echo and Birmingham Mail.

As well as the Belfast Telegraph being nominated in the overall newspaper of the year award, Editor Gail Walker has been shortlisted for columnist of the year. Claire McNeilly is in the running for feature writer/long form journalist. John Laverty has be nominated in the daily/sunday sports journalist of the year category. Mr Laverty goes up against Cahair O'Kane and Neil Loughran of the Irish News in that category.

And Kevin Scott has been named in the running for photographer of the year.

The Belfast Telegraph's Weekend magazine has also been nominated for supplement of the year.

Meanwhile for online, belfasttelegraph.co.uk has been nominated for digital initiative of the year for its coverage of the Assembly election last year.

Ciaran Barnes, chief reporter for Belfast Telegraph sister paper The Sunday Life has been nominated for daily/sunday reporter of the year.

Also nominated from Northern Ireland is Brendan Hughes of The Irish News who has been nominated for social media journalist of the year.

The awards, designed to celebrate the best of British regional and local newspaper journalism in 2017 in print, online and any other news platform, will be handed out at a ceremony on Friday, May 18.

Chairman of the judges Paul Horrocks said: “The depth and wide-ranging subjects displayed in the entries this year was excellent. Judges spent hours poring over the details, prompting lively debate which reflects the quality and passion of the regional and local press in the UK.

“As always, it was a difficult, but enjoyable task to separate so many outstanding, properly researched entries. The Society of Editors is delighted to be hosting these awards and raising a glass to the winners at the lunchtime event on May 18."  

Society of Editors Regional Press Awards for 2017 Shortlist

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Samantha Booth, Croydon Advertiser

Tom Deacon, WalesOnline

Richard Duggan, Essex Chronicle

Holly Lennon, Evening Times, Glasgow

Josh Parry, Liverpool Echo

Jess Walford, Wales Online

BUSINESS AND FINANCE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Alistair Houghton, Liverpool Echo

Graham Huband, The Courier & Advertiser, Dundee

Robin Johnson, Derby Telegraph

Kevin Scott, The Herald, Glasgow

Graeme Whitfield, The Journal, Newcastle

Scott Wright, The Herald, Glasgow

SPECIALIST WRITER/ IMPACT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Kieran Andrews, The Courier and Sunday Post

Paul Brackley, Cambridge Independent

Annie Gouk, Trinity Mirror Data Unit

Dan Grimmer, Eastern Daily Press

Pam McGowan, News & Star, Carlisle

Jennifer Williams, Manchester Evening News

FEATURE WRITER /LONG FORM JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Peter Barron, The Northern Echo

Aasma Day, Lancashire Post

Ruby Kitchen, The Yorkshire Post

Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph

Chris Osuh, Manchester Evening News

Jennifer Williams, Manchester Evening News

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Emma Clayton, Telegraph & Argus, Bradford

Will Hayward, South Wales Echo

Bill Heine, Oxford Mail

Carolyn Hitt, Western Mail

Paul Kirkley, Cambridge Independent

Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph

WEEKLY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Richard Browne, Somerset County Gazette

Jon Colman, The Cumberland News

Daniel Evans, Bath Chronicle

Chris Harby, Melton Times

Les Reid, Coventry Observer

Mark Taylor, Cambridge Independent

DAILY/SUNDAY SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Neil Allen, The News, Portsmouth

Paul Davis, The Star, Sheffield

Mark Edwards, Oxford Mail

John Laverty, Belfast Telegraph

Neil Loughran, The Irish News

Cahair O’Kane, The Irish News

SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Zoe Chamberlain, Birmingham Mail

Brendan Hughes, The Irish News

Cathy Owen, WalesOnline

David Pritchard, Oxford Mail

Lee Ryder, The Chronicle, Newcastle

REPORTING COMMUNITIES AWARD

Sam Jackson, The Star, Sheffield

Mark Taylor, Cambridge Independent

Michael Yong, Bristol Post

WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Phil Coleman, The Cumberland News

William McLennan, Camden New Journal

Les Reid, Coventry Observer

Stuart Rust, Witney Gazette

Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser

Emma Youle, Archant Investigations Unit

DAILY/SUNDAY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Ciaran Barnes, Sunday Life

Gordon Blackstock, Sunday Post

Julia Breen, The Northern Echo

Jeanette Oldham, Birmingham Mail

Liz Perkins, South Wales Evening Post

Marion Scott, Sunday Post

WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Kate Buckingham, Hexham Courant

Phil Cannings, Newbury Weekly News

Michael Gillen, The Falkirk Herald

Ian Longthorne, Maidenhead Advertiser

Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News

Mark Williamson, Stratford-upon-Avon Herald

DAILY/SUNDAY PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Andrew Cawley, Sunday Post

Jonathan Gawthorpe, The Yorkshire Post

James Hardisty, The Yorkshire Post

Jonathan Myers, Media Wales

Kevin Scott, Belfast Telegraph

Tim Thursfield, Express & Star, Wolverhampton

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Gary Beckwith, The Chronicle, Newcastle

Simon Hill, Express & Star, Wolverhampton

David Lewins, Bristol Post

Marianna Longo, Trinity Mirror Data Unit

Tracey Renowden, Western Morning News

Adam Walker, Trinity Mirror Regionals

SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

Farming & Country, Hexham Courant

The Spirit of Manchester, Manchester Evening News

Weekend, Belfast Telegraph

Weekend, Western Mail

West, Western Morning News

YL, The Press & Journal, Aberdeen

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

Cambridge as a Smart City, Cambridge Independent

Devastation, The Mail 

Massacre, Manchester Evening News

Our hearts go out to you, Bristol Post

She was planning a wedding as he was planning a murder, Cambridge News

The stories that every islander should read, Jersey Evening Post

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

33 police officers say they were abused by disgraced force doctor, Eastern Daily Press

Cardiff dad named as mosque terror suspect, WalesOnline

Harrowing zoo death statistics revealed, The Mail

Hundreds of orphans buried in mass grave, Sunday Post

Jailed for 40 years, Liverpool Echo

Uni boss to be paid £230k for 6 months’ research, Bath Chronicle

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

#WeStandTogether, Manchester Evening News

Cleaner Coastlines, Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury

Frank’s Law, The Courier & Advertiser, Dundee

Opt For Life, Evening Times, Glasgow

Reaching out to rough sleepers, South Wales Echo

Your Right to Know, Hexham Courant

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Gazette Live

KentOnline

Manchester Evening News

The Yorkshire Post

WalesOnline

Warrington Guardian

SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM OF THE YEAR

Birmingham Live

ChronicleLive

Eastern Daily Press

Hull Daily Mail

Manchester Evening News

WalesOnline

DIGITAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Belfast Telegraph

Birmingham Mail

Eastern Daily Press

Manchester Evening News

Media Wales

Trinity Mirror Regionals

THE OVERALL DIGITAL AWARD

Birmingham Mail

Eastern Daily Press

Liverpool Echo

Manchester Evening News

Media Wales

Trinity Mirror Data Unit

INNOVATION AND INITIATIVE AWARD OF THE YEAR

Eastern Daily Press

The Bristol Cable

The Yorkshire Post

Trinity Mirror Data Unit

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 15,000)

Accrington Observer

Bucks Free Press

Bury Times

Cambridge Independent

Hexham Courant

Newry Reporter

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 15,000)

Camden New Journal

Hereford Times

Kent Messenger

Stourbridge News

The Cumberland News

The Westmorland Gazette

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (BELOW 20,000)

Cambridge News

News & Star, Carlisle

South Wales Echo

South Wales Evening Post

The Journal, Newcastle

The Mail

DAILY/SUNDAY NEWSPAPER (ABOVE 20,000)

Belfast Telegraph

Hull Daily Mail

Manchester Evening News

Sunday Life

Sunday Post

The Press and Journal, Aberdeen

Belfast Telegraph Digital

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