Newsquest, the UK’s leading local media group, scored 10 gongs at this year’s Regional Press Awards.

These annual awards recognise reporters, columnists, designers, photographers, scoops, campaigns and digital initiatives.

Among the prestigious accolades Newsquest won, three of them were for the highly coveted best Weekly Newspapers of the Year categories.

Hayley Smith

The Warrington Guardian won Paid For Weekly Newspaper of the Year (above 50,000 total monthly reach), The Hexham Courant won Paid For Weekly Newspaper of the Year (below 50,000 total monthly reach) while The Herald on Sunday was awarded Sunday Newspaper of the Year.

Judges said the Warrington Guardian was…


Reach’s Irish division has appointed its first dedicated Environment Correspondent covering its ten Irish news brands in NI and ROI as part of a commitment to shining a light on one of the biggest global issues facing our generation.

Experienced reporter Shauna Corr, who has worked as a reporter for the publisher’s BelfastLive and the Daily Mirror Northern Ireland titles for the last five years and where her passion for the environment has shone through, will take on the brand new role.

Her column, The Earth’s Corr, which launched in the Daily Mirror earlier this year, has sought to bring…


Chris McKeon

For the last three years, Chris McKeon has been a local democracy reporter covering Knowsley. Based at the Liverpool Echo, Chris has often been a lone presence scrutinising a council which verges on being a one-party state. As moves on to a political reporter role at the Press Association, he writes for Behind Local News on what being an LDR has taught him — and why councils need to embrace scrutiny too.

The experience of trying to discover what exactly a council is up to can be enormously frustrating.

They won’t tell you how much money they’re spending on something…


A new edition of the NCTJ’s careers guide has been published, and aims to encourage people from a range of backgrounds to consider a career in journalism.

The handy booklet, which is sponsored by the Financial Times, is being sent to all secondary schools, colleges and job centres across the UK.

Abbie Scott, deputy managing editor of the Financial Times, said: “At a time when one story has continued to dominate the news (and our lives) it is important not to lose sight of the facts, and to focus on serving our readers and the communities they belong to.

“In…


Lorna Willis, CEO of Archant

Archant CEO Lorna Willis has told BBC Radio 4’s The Media Show that regional publishers must continue to campaign for their communities and find the ‘space to innovate’ in a debate on regional news which was broadcast last week.

As part of a special on the ‘London centricity’ of the mainstream media and how organisations like the BBC are moving services outside of the capital, Lorna said regional publishers remained at the heart of communities.

Lorna said: “Our job is to campaign for local communities and fight for them. I don’t believe you can do that with impartiality, so when…


Ralph Blackburn

London today welcome a new local news website as JPIMedia’s latest ‘World’ website launched.

LondonWorld will be edited by Ralph Blackburn, who vowed the site would ‘strive to represent every community in our diverse city, tell your stories and hold power to account.’

It follows similar launches in cities across the UK which JPIMedia owner National World said would result in the company having access to 80% of the country’s digital markets.

Writing on the site today, Ralph said: “With so many diverse communities, cultures and cuisines, London is a city like no other.

From its iconic food scene and…


Publishers across the country have joined forces to back a campaign to support the hospitality sector badly affected by the impact of the pandemic.

Hospitality Action and three other charities associated with the industry have called on the public to go out and support “the mother of all parties” on Saturday, September 18, by visiting a pub, bar, cafe or other leisure venue.

Archant, Reach, Iliffe and Midlands News Association have combined to support the campaign by running a co-ordinated publicity programme leading up to the event and over that weekend.

Mark Lewis, chief executive of Hospitality Action, said: “Our…


Pressure from the Northern Echo has prompted the BBC to offer a refund on the licence fee to thousands of people left without TV signals following a fire at a mast.

The fire, at the Bilsdale transmitter in the North Yorkshire National Park, happened on August 10, affecting around one million people.

Since then, site operators Arqiva, have been working to restore signal to as many people as possible using temporary transmitters. However, many people remain without a signal, with no date confirmed full when full services will resume.

More than 1,000 people contacted the Northern Echo to express dismay…


With the footie season now in full swing, we took time out to talk to some football editors about how they had prepared in the closed season for the season ahead, what changes they had made to their coverage and how they would be approaching coverage in print and online. This is what they had to say.

How can we give fans more when everyone is at fever pitch already?

Mark Heath,Group Head of Sport, Archant Suffolk and Norfolk

The EADT team

Much has changed in journalism over the last 15–20 years — and what readers want from our football reporters is right at the top of that list.

Match reports and team line-ups are virtually…


Three qualified senior journalists are celebrating achieving top marks in their NQJ exams.

Across the 2020–21 academic year, a total of 94 candidates sat the exams for the NQJ. Over the three sittings, a total of 56 candidates achieved the qualification, a pass rate of 60 per cent.

A full pass list was published this week in the 2020–21 examiners’ report.

The awards for the highest-performing candidates in each of the three sections are as follows:

  • Media law and ethics in practice award, sponsored by Reviewed and Cleared: James Robinson, Hexham Courant
  • Practical journalism skills award, sponsored by Esso: Brogan…

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