The shortlists for the Regional Press Awards have now been announced. Well done to all of those who made it to the final six. I judged three categories and was, as always, hugely impressed by the quality. It is clear there is plenty of life in regional newspapers yet - and anyone who writes them off should have a close look at the entries. There really is some excellent writing, campaigns and designs. The digital award just shows how far the industry - well Trinity Mirror and the Belfast Telegraph to be accurate - has progressed over the last year. One category that always catches the eye is Front Page of the Year. Below are the shortlisted six. I wasn't involved in the judging of these so have no idea who has won ... could be any one of them. The winners will be announced at the awards lunch on May 15 at the Marriott, Grosvenor Square, London. It is one of my favourite events of the year, so I am looking forward to catching up with old colleagues and friends over a glass or two and celebrating the cream of the regional industry. See you there. Click here for the full shortlist.
|The Belfast Telegraph on the death of Ian Paisley|
|The Brentwood Gazette on the brutal Tweets sent after a man was hit by a train|
|The Dorset Echo's WWI centenary wrap|
|The Edinburgh Evening News on the result of the referendum|
|The Evening Telegraph, Dundee, on drug users on a street at 5.30pm|
The Western Mail on the Nato Summit in Newport