Local papers well represented in the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards shortlists

Society of Editors' Regional Press Awards 2011 logo - rotatedSome local newspapers and journalists appear in the shortlists for the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards that celebrate the best of UK regional newspaper journalism in 2011.

Good to see the local weekly The Ulster Herald making the list alongside Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and Sunday Life success. Given the entrance fee, some local publications may chose not to nominate. However, with only five names in each shortlist, Northern Ireland journalists and titles clearly dominate some of the categories and look to be punching above their weight. [Click through the award category names to see the stories that accompanied each nomination.]

Specialist Writer of the Year

  • Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life
  • Seanin Graham – Irish News

Feature Writer of the Year

  • John McGurk – Sunday Life

Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

  • Steven Beacom – Belfast Telegraph

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

  • Bimpe Archer – Irish News
  • Ciaran Barnes – Sunday Life
  • John McGurk – Sunday Life

The Digital Award

  • Belfasttelegraph.co.uk – Belfast Telegraph

Supplement of the Year

  • Weekend – Belfast Telegraph

Front Page of the Year

  • Carried on a Sea of Unity – Belfast Telegraph

Scoop of the Year

  • Bimpe Archer – Irish News

Campaign of the Year

  • Fighting Censorship by Killers – Sunday Life

Weekly Newspaper (below 20k)

  • The Ulster Herald

Daily/Sunday (above 25k)

  • Sunday Life
  • Belfast Telegraph

The awards ceremony takes place at lunchtime on 25 May in London’s Savoy Place.

Updatelink to post with details about local winners.

Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.